Domestic violence is the physical harm of a person inflicted upon them by a member of the same household or family. Domestic violence usually occurs between spouses in which it is called spousal abuse. Consequences usually depend on:
- Severity of the victim’s injuries
- If a minor was present
- If a restraining order was violated
Assault or battery is when a person either tries to or does bodily harm to another. The threat of bodily harm can also be considered assault or battery.