Under Rhode Island domestic violence law, domestic violence is a crime committed by one family or household member against another.
Under the law, a family or household member includes:
- Former spouses
- Adults related by blood (family members) or marriage (in-laws)
- Adults who are living or have lived together in the past three years
- People who are or have been engaged within the past six months
- People who are or have been in a substantive dating relationship within the past year1
- People who have a child in common, regardless of whether they have been married or have lived together
1Factors the court considers in determining whether a relationship is substantive are: 1) the length of time of the relationship, 2) the type of relationship, and 3) the frequence of the interaction.