In the state of Massachusetts, domestic violence laws include physical harm or the intent to physically harm, the infliction of fear of physical harm, and involuntary sexual relationship against a family or other household member. This crime is especially serious if the victim was violated by the suspect while a protective order was in place.
Definition of a household member:
- people who are or have once been married
- individuals that have children together
- individuals that are related through marriage or by blood
- individuals who live together are have lived together, such as roommates
- individuals who are or who have been in a substantive dating or engagement relationship.
Assault can range from causing actual physical harm to acting with the intent to commit physical harm against another individual. This means that even a serious threat to commit physical harm can be considered assault. Simple assault is in itself a crime, but in Massachusetts, assault against a family or household member is considered a more serious offense. [Read more…]