What Is The Legal Definition Of Domestic Violence In Washington State?

According to Washington State law, domestic violence is defined as physical harm, bodily injury, assault, the infliction of fear of imminent physical harm, sexual assault, or stalking. Domestic violence may take place between spouses, former spouses, partners, the parents of a child, two family members, two people residing in the same residence, or two people are dating or who have dated in the past. Domestic violence is considered a learned behavior that often has roots in a need to control others. An act of domestic violence is considered a crime against both the victim and the state.
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