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Understanding what qualifies as domestic violence in Tennessee

This blog recently discussed the serious nature of domestic violence. Domestic violence accusations, allegations and charges can have a dramatic impact on the lives of accused individuals. It can be helpful to be aware of what is considered domestic violence and what is prohibited under the law. Tennessee prohibits abuse of family members and romantic partners. Domestic assault refers to violence against those certain categories of individuals.

Under Tennessee law, domestic assault includes violence against current and former spouses; cohabitants; dating or sexual partners; blood or adoptive relatives; current and former relatives by marriage; and adult or minor children of any of the forgoing categories of individuals. The penalties for committing domestic assault, as well as the penalties for violating a protective order, can be significant.

Penalties for domestic assault in Tennessee are the same as those for assault and include jail time and fines. In addition, there can be professional, educational, housing and personal repercussions related to domestic violence accusations, allegations and charges. Because of the serious consequences associated with domestic violence charges, it is important for accused individuals to understand their criminal defense options.

Criminal defense options are based on the unique situation and circumstances the accused individual is facing, however, a strong criminal defense strategy is based on important criminal justice principles and rights and protections accused individuals enjoy as part of the criminal justice system. It is essential for accused individuals to be familiar with their rights and how to enforce those rights when they have been accused of a crime such as domestic violence.

Source:, "Tennessee Domestic Violence Laws," Accessed Aug. 29, 2017

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