Domestic abuse is defined under Iowa Code section 236.2(2) as any form of assault committed between:
Who can be considered a family or household member?
Spouses, persons cohabiting, parents or other persons related by consanguinity or affinity are considered family or household members. However, a child under the age of eighteen of a family or household member is not considered a family or household member.
How do you determine if individuals are cohabiting?
What is an intimate relationship?
An intimate relationship is defined as a significant romantic involvement that need not include sexual involvement. An intimate relationship does not include casual social relationships or associations in a business or professional capacity.
In determining whether persons are or have been in an intimate relationship, the court may consider the following nonexclusive list of factors:
A person may be involved in an intimate relationship with more than one person at a time.
Domestic Abuse Protective Orders in Iowa
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