What is a Domestic Assault?
Domestic assault is a criminal charge that results from a conflict between two people in a domestic relationship. The relationship does not necessarily have to be husband and wife. It can be boyfriend and girlfriend, same-sex relationships, roommates, siblings or even two people.
Conflict is defined as any oppressive, forceful, or violent act that takes place. You can be charged with domestic assault if you:
Other grounds for charges include an act in which a victim is in fear for his or her safety.
If you are charged with a domestic assault, then you may be sent to jail, or pay a fine, or put on probation.
Domestic assaults are prosecuted quite differently by Crown counsel than other assault charges. The policy of the Crown Attorney in Ontario, as set out in the Crown Policy Manual, is to prosecute these offences "with vigour".