What is domestic abuse in Oklahoma and does it differ from domestic assault and battery?
Answer: So, domestic abuse would be, essentially, any person who commits assault and battery upon a spouse, a present spouse, a former spouse, their parents, foster parents, child or someone related to them by blood or someone who the defendant is in a dating relationship with. And then domestic assault and battery is somebody who does bodily injury without justifiable cause or excuse, commits it on a former spouse. Same thing as domestic, it’s just different in the beginning. So simply committing the assault and battery is domestic, but for domestic assault and battery, it has to be with the intent to do bodily harm without a justifiable excuse.