Restore the Original DOJ Definition of Domestic Violence

Restore the Original DOJ Definition of Domestic Violence

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Dishaa Ramesh started this petition to Department of Justice

Every year thousands and thousands of cases of domestic violence go unnoticed and unreported. Millions of abusers escape their punishment and victims are left without any support. On January 2019, the Trump Administration and the Department of Justice changed the official definition of domestic violence to only reflect acts of physical violence. This leaves out financial, emotional, and psychological abuse that the perpetrators may face and this is absolutely unacceptable. It sets the idea that domestic violence is only physical abuse and that is NOT at all true. It also undermines the story of thousands of survivors.  We want the original definition of domestic violence back - the one that encompasses several different types of abuse. This should be an issue that should not be disagreed among anyone.

The current definition:

The term “domestic violence” includes felony or misdemeanor crimes of violence committed by a current or former spouse or intimate partner of the victim, by a person with whom the victim shares a child in common, by a person who is cohabitating with or has cohabitated with the victim as a spouse or intimate partner, by a person similarly situated to a spouse of the victim under the domestic or family violence laws of the jurisdiction receiving grant monies, or by any other person against an adult or youth victim who is protected from that person’s acts under the domestic or family violence laws of the jurisdiction."

The old definition:

A pattern of abusive behavior in any relationship that is used by one partner to gain or maintain power and control over another intimate partner. Domestic violence can be physical, sexual, emotional, economic, or psychological actions or threats of actions that influence another person. This includes any behaviors that intimidate, manipulate, humiliate, isolate, frighten, terrorize, coerce, threaten, blame, hurt, injure, or wound someone.

Information was taken from this source. Click this link to see more information - https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/doj-change-domestic-violence-definition/

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