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March 26, 2018

What is the legal definition of domestic abuse in Oregon?

This section defines domestic abuse for the purposes of getting a Family Abuse Prevention Act restraining order, commonly referred to as a "FAPA" order.

Domestic abuse is when a family or household member:

  • Attempts to hurt you physically;
  • Actually hurts you physically (intentionally, recklessly or knowingly);
  • Intimidates or makes you afraid of serious physical injury (intentionally, recklessly or knowingly); or
  • Makes you have sex against your will by force, or threat of force.*

“Family or household member” means any of the following:

  • a current or former spouse;
  • an adult related by blood, marriage or adoption;
  • someone you are living with or have lived with in the past;
  • someone you have been in a sexually intimate relationship with, within two years immediately preceding the filing of a restraining order petition under; or
  • someone with whom you have a child in common.**

* O.R.S. § 107.705(1)
** O.R.S. § 107.705(4)