Washington’s definition of domestic violence essentially equates to an act, or fear of an act, by one family member, or person living in that household, against another family member, household member or intimate partner.
Washington State defines domestic violence under RCW 26.50.010(3) as Physical Harm, Bodily Injury, Assault, or the Infliction of Fear of Imminent Physical Harm, Bodily Injury, or Assault, Sexual Assault, or Stalking of One Intimate Partner by another Intimate Partner, or One Family or Household member by another family or household member.
Although it’s an extremely sensitive subject that most would prefer not to speak about, domestic violence is a very serious problem which occurs more often than most people would think. It is especially prevalent in situations such as during a separation or divorce, where tensions can rise. If you have been threatened or harmed by your partner or you feel unsafe, do not hesitate to seek an attorney to help protect you, your loved ones, and your interests. At Whalley Law, we understand that it can be difficult to report your partner for domestic violence but also understand that it’s imperative to address the problem.