Tenn. Code Ann. § 39-13-111 says:
As used in this section, “domestic abuse victim” means any person who falls within the following categories:
- Adults or minors who are current or former spouses;
- Adults or minors who live together or who have lived together;
- Adults or minors who are dating or who have dated or who have or had a sexual relationship, but does not include fraternization between two (2) individuals in a business or social context;
- Adults or minors related by blood or adoption;
- Adults or minors who are related or were formerly related by marriage; or
- Adult or minor children of a person in a relationship that is described in subdivisions (a)(1)-(5).
A person commits domestic assault who commits an assault as defined in § 39-13-101 against a domestic abuse victim.
Even though domestic assault is a class A misdemeanor like assault, it carries a greater stigma and consequences. If you are convicted of domestic assault, you will never own a gun again.
A lot of individuals end up charged with domestic assault because you had an argument with your spouse or partner and the police were called. The next thing you know, you are heading off to jail. I work with you to try and reconcile the relationship.