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What does Third-Degree Domestic Violence mean?

Updated: Mar 15

Domestic violence is a serious problem in the United States. According to the National Domestic Violence Hotline,

1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men have experienced some form of physical violence by an intimate partner.

Third-degree domestic violence is a specific type of domestic violence that is punishable by law.

The legal definition of third-degree domestic violence varies from state to state, but it generally involves the intentional infliction of physical harm on a family or household member. The harm does not have to be serious, but it must be more than just a petty annoyance.

Some examples of third-degree domestic violence include:

  • Shoving or pushing a family member

  • Slapping or hitting a family member

  • Throwing an object at a family member

  • Pulling a family member's hair

  • Restraining a family member

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The penalties for third-degree domestic violence vary from state to state. However, in most states, third-degree domestic violence is a misdemeanor offense. This means that it is punishable by up to one year in jail and/or a fine of up to $1,000.

The laws against domestic violence have changed over time. In the past, domestic violence was often seen as a private matter that should be handled within the family.

However, in recent years, there has been a growing awareness of the seriousness of domestic violence and the need for strong legal protections for victims.

There are a number of reasons why the laws against domestic violence have changed over time. One reason is the increasing awareness of the prevalence of domestic violence.

Another reason is the growing recognition that domestic violence is a serious crime that can have devastating consequences for victims.

Finally, the laws against domestic violence have changed in response to the demands of victims and advocates for stronger protections.

If you are a victim of domestic violence, there are a number of resources available to help you.

You can call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) or visit their website at

You can also call the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN) at 1-800-656-HOPE (4673) or visit their website at

You are not alone. There are people who can support and help you.

Here are some additional resources that can help:

  • The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence:

  • The National Center for Victims of Crime:

  • The National Organization for Women:

Try the My SOS Family Emergency Alert App , it will alert those people who you know and trust to come and help you.



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