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How do I know if the domestic violence laws apply to me?
The domestic violence laws apply to you if you have been hit, hurt or seriously
threatened with violence by:
a member of your family
a member of your household,
a former spouse
a person with whom you have recently lived, or a person with whom you
have had a child, even if you have never been married or lived together,
a person with whom you are in or have recently been in a dating
relationship.
Family members include a parent, child, spouse, brother or sister, aunt or
uncle, or grandparent.
The laws also apply to gay, lesbian, transgender, bisexual individuals and
couples.
Finally, Connecticut’s domestic violence laws apply to all people regardless of
their immigration status. Both documented and undocumented immigrants
have the right to the protections described in this book.
In order to make this Guide easier to read and understand we have used the word
“partner” to indicate the family or household member who may be hurting you.
In this
Guide
, the word “partner” means your spouse, boyfriend, girlfriend, ex-
spouse, ex-girlfriend, ex-boyfriend, relative, father of your child or person you live
with or used to live with.
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