What is Domestic Assault?
In Minnesota, domestic assault involves the same or similar conduct as the other forms of assault under the law. Assault generally includes the inflicting harm, or attempting to inflict harm on another person. It also includes putting someone in fear that you are going to harm them.
Domestic Assault is different from simple assault in that it is limited to conduct aimed at certain family or household members. These members include spouses, former spouses, parents and children, people related by blood, people who live together or have lived together, people who have dated, people who have children together, and pregnant women and the alleged fathers of their children. Usually domestic assault offenses carry higher severity levels, than the same or similar conduct not involving a family or household member.
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