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Domestic Violence

Domestic Violence

a. Domestic Violence is a felony or misdemeanor crime of violence committed

  1. By a current or former spouse or intimate partner of the victim,
  2. By a person with whom the victim shares a child in common,
  3. By a person who is cohabitating with, or has cohabitated with, the victim as a spouse or intimate partner,
  4. By a person similarly situated to a spouse or the victim under the domestic or family violence laws of the jurisdiction in which the crime of violence occurred or,
  5. By any other person against an adult or youth victim who is protected from that person’s act under the domestic or family violence laws of the jurisdiction in which the crime of violence occurred.

b. 16.1-228 Virginia Definition of Family or household member:

  1. The person’s spouse, whether or not he or she resides in the same home with the person,
  2. The person’s former spouse, whether or not he or she resides in the same home with the person,
  3. The person’s parents, stepparents, children, stepchildren, brothers, sisters, half-brothers, half-sisters, grandparents, and grandchildren, regardless of whether such persons reside in the same home with the person,
  4. The person’s mother-in-law, father-in-law, sons-in-law, daughters-in-law, brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law who reside in the same home with the person,
  5. Any individual who has a child in common with the person, whether or not the person and that individual have been married or have resided together at any time, or
  6. Any individual who cohabits or who within the previous 12 months, cohabitated with the person, and any children of either of them then residing in the same home with the person.  

Examples of Domestic Violence

  • Scenario 1: A student’s wife is waiting for her husband outside of his on-campus classroom building. She attacks her husband with a knife when he exits the building. Include this as one on-campus incident of Domestic Violence and one on-campus Aggravated Assault.
  • Scenario 2: A neighbor reports yelling in the apartment next door in a university housing complex. The officer who arrives at the apartment finds a husband and wife having an argument. Neither party reports any physical injuries and neither party reports being intimidated. Do not include this incident in your Clery Act statistics.
  • Scenario 3: An employee reports to the campus police that her ex-husband has physically assaulted her four times. All four assaults occurred at the employee’s private residence; however, he has also recently showed up in the noncampus parking lot outside her office and threatened to hurt her. Include one noncampus Domestic Violence incident for the Intimidation that occurred in the noncampus parking lot. Do not include the Aggravated Assaults in your Clery Act statistics because they did not occur on Clery Act geography. Do not include the Intimidation as a Hate Crime in your Clery Act statistics because there was no evidence that it was motivated by bias. Also include one incident of noncampus Stalking (Stalking is discussed below).
  • Scenario 4: A father argues with his son at a football game in the on-campus stadium. He eventually hits his son, breaking his jaw. Include this as one on-campus incident of Domestic Violence and one Aggravated Assault.
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