Domestic abuse is when one person in an intimate relationship or marriage tries to dominate and control the other person. In the state of Wisconsin, spouses or former spouses, adults that lives together or previously lived together, or adults who have a child in common are relationships where one person can be engaged in domestic abuse against the other. Under Wisconsin State Statute 968.075, (a) Domestic Abuse involves the following:
Intentional infliction of physical pain, physical injury or illness.
Intentional impairment of physical condition.
A violation of s. 940.225 (1), (2) or (3).
A physical act that may cause the other person reasonably to fear imminent engagement in the conduct described under subd. 1., 2. or 3.
Domestic abuse can happen to anyone: a person of any race, economic status, age, or sexual orientation. If you or someone you know is in a relationship and is experiencing domestic abuse, there is help. The National Domestic Violence Hotline has information to get help, what red flags to look for, resources, a phone hotline, and a chat line. Visit thehotline.org to learn more.