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What is Considered Domestic Violence in Iowa?


Few things are as horrifying as domestic violence, which continues to claim millions of victims every year. Iowa state law defines domestic violence as assault which occurs between people who are married, divorced, romantically involved, share children, or live or have recently lived together. Oftentimes, victims of domestic violence feel stuck and unable to escape. If you find yourself in such a position, we at Hope Law Firm want you to know there are options. Time is of the essence in unlocking the door to a future free of pain and fear.  

The state of Iowa outlines domestic violence as any of the following:

  • Physical abuse including hitting, slapping, pushing, punching, pulling hair, or any other violent behavior
  • Sexual abuse including rape, assault, or battery
  • Emotional abuse such as yelling, name-calling, constant criticism, etc.
  • Kidnapping or false imprisonment
  • Threats
  • Stalking or harassment

What Protections Are Available?

Iowa law protects individuals from abuse through several legal means, including protective orders. A protective order bans the abuser from further continuing contact or harm. A criminal no-contact order is issued in instances where a criminal arrest has been made, whereas a civil protective order is issued when the victim asks the courts for protection.

Our lawyers of Hope Law Firm can help you obtain the type of protective order which is best for you. Don’t allow you or your loved one’s lives to continuously be put at risk by staying in a situation you can get out of.

Experienced Attorneys Proudly Serving Des Moines

Hope Law Firm is comprised of dedicated, compassionate, and committed lawyers who have one goal in mind: being your trusted allies throughout this entire process. Regardless of how impossible your situation may seem, we refuse to sit back and watch you continue to be victimized.

If you would like to schedule an initial consultation with a member of our firm, please don’t hesitate to contact us by calling (515) 305-2772.