Colorado has a very broad criminal definition of domestic violence. This is designed to provide the greatest amount of protection for a victim of domestic violence and gives the police the greatest latitude to arrest someone. Colorado criminal law defines domestic violence as “an act or threatened an act of violence upon a person with whom the actor is or has been involved in an intimate relationship.” As you can see this is a very broad definition.
It’s Not Just Married Couples
An intimate relationship does not mean you have to be married. It applies to couples and even boyfriends and girlfriends, it even applies to past lovers as well as the present. It also applies to children, grandchildren, and others present in the household. Again, the idea provides maximum protection to the broadest possible group living in a household or making up a domestic unit.
Recognizing Domestic Violence
Because Domestic Violence includes a “threatened act” of violence very common situations can be construed as a criminal act including:
- Throwing things at someone
- Grabbing or pushing
- Following someone around
- Threatening or harassing phone calls.
There does not have to be actual physical touching or even physical harm. The threat of harm can be enough and the threat of harm does not have to be in person. Emails, phone calls, text messages are all sufficient to be charged with domestic violence crime. Texts to Ex’s can be domestic violence if they are threatening or harassing.
Contact a Denver Domestic Violence Lawyer for Help
If you feel like you are in domestic violence situation, call the police or reach out to the appropriate helpline to get the help you need. Don’t let an abusive partner control your life, get out of the bad situations and let the family law attorneys at Divorce Matters help!