Commonly referred to as domestic violence, domestic battery is a crime that occurs between family or household members. To understand the boundaries of this offense, the following sections will break down the definition of and penalties for domestic battery in Illinois.
What is the Definition of Domestic Battery in Illinois?
The definition of domestic battery appears in 720 ILCS 5/12-3.2. Domestic battery occurs if the abuser:
Causes harm or injury to a family or household member; or
Touches a family or household member in an insulting or provoking manner.
Under Illinois law, the term family and household member includes any people who:
Are related by blood;
Live or lived together in the same residence;
Are currently or were previously married;
Share a child or multiple children together;
Are currently or were previously in a romantic relationship; or
Provide care or assistance to the disabled or mentally impaired.