Domestic Violence

What is the legal definition of domestic violence?

Domestic violence is any assault that is committed between two people who have any of the following relationships: Family or household members who are related, separated or divorced (former) spouses, people who are the parents of the same minor child, persons who have been family or  household members residing together within the past year and are not residing together at the time of the assault, or people who are in or have been in an intimate relationship and have hand any contact with one another in the year preceding the assault.

How does the University of Iowa define domestic violence?

Dating violence and domestic violence is defined by the university to be coercive, abusive, and/or threatening behavior toward a current or former intimate or romantic partner. These behaviors may include physical, sexual, emotional, economic, or psychological actions or threats of actions that intimidate, manipulate, humiliate, isolate, frighten, terrorize, coerce, threaten, or injure the victim/survivor.

How is domestic violence investigated in Iowa?

Domestic violence is investigated by the local law enforcement agency. The police may interview victims, suspects and witness and take photos of injuries. They may request copies of treatment records for any injuries caused by domestic violence.

What are some resources I can go to if I am a victim of domestic violence?

A student who is experiencing domestic violence may contact the Office of the Sexual Misconduct Response Coordinator: https://osmrc.uiowa.edu/, The Iowa City Domestic Violence Intervention Program: http://www.dvipiowa.org/, and/or local law enforcement.