Domestic abuse is more than just a crime. It’s an act that intentionally harms another person’s well-being, so it must be treated seriously when it’s reported. However, according to Oregon state law, there are also some specifics about what counts as domestic abuse, which must be understood before proceeding with an abuse charge.
Who Commits It
In Oregon, domestic abuse is any abuse between households or family members. This includes the common husband-on-wife violence, child abuse, elder abuse, wives abusing their husbands, and, more broadly, partners abusing their partners.
The definition has nothing to do with gender or sexual orientation and everything to do with power dynamics. For this reason, the perpetrator must be an adult and have a familial or household relation to the victim.
What Counts as Domestic Abuse
Not every upsetting or harmful act counts as domestic abuse in the state of Oregon. Instead, the actions have to fall into one or more of these three categories:
- Attempting to cause, or recklessly or intentionally causing bodily injury.
- Intentionally, recklessly, or attempting to put someone else in a state of fear about future bodily injury.
- Non-consensual sexual acts through force or the threat of force.
Know Your Rights
If you or someone you love is the victim of domestic abuse, it can be a scary situation to navigate. Reaching out for help isn’t always easy, and it’s important to protect yourself and contact someone you can trust.
Once you set up a case against the abuser, you have the right to be protected, heard, and notified. You also have the right to an attorney who will help you get the justice you deserve without extra stress added to your plate. At Pedemonte Law, we can help you exercise your rights and seek the safe, happy future you deserve. Contact us today to learn more.