Domestic violence-related crimes defined by Indiana law
By Abbey Doyle The Herald Bulletin
ANDERSON, Ind. —
Domestic relationship as defined by the state includes current or former spouses, someone you live (or have lived with) as a spouse or someone you share a child with.
Domestic battery is knowingly and intentionally touching someone you have a domestic relationship with in a way that is rude, insolent or angry manner. Generally this is a Class A misdemeanor. It can be elevated to a Class D felony if the subject has a previous unrelated domestic battery conviction or if the offense was committed in the presence of a child under 16. A Class C felony charge comes if the battery results in seriously bodily harm.
Criminal confinement is knowingly or intentionally confining another person without their consent or removing another person by fraud, enticement, force or threat of force from one place to another. It is typically a Class D felony unless it results in bodily injury and can be upgraded to Class C or B depending on the level of injury.
Criminal stalking means a knowing or an intentional course of conduct involving repeated or continuing harassment of another person that would cause a reasonable person to feel terrorized, frightened, intimidated or threatened and that actually causes the victim to feel terrorized, frightened, intimidated or threatened. It is a Class D felony.
Invasion of privacy is when someone knowingly or intentionally violates a protective order or no-contact order. It is a Class A misdemeanor unless the person has a previous unrelated conviction on the charge, it is then a Class D felony.
Strangulation is knowingly or intentionally applying pressure to the throat or neck of another person or obstructing the nose or mouth of another person in a manner that impedes the normal breathing or the blood circulation of the other person. It is a Class D felony.
Intimidation is the communication of a threat to another person, with the intent that the other person engage in conduct against the other person’s will; that the other person be placed in fear of retaliation for a prior lawful act; or causing a dwelling, a building, or another structure a vehicle to be evacuated. It is a Class A misdemeanor but could be upgraded to a Class D felony if the threat is to commit a forcible felony; the threat is communicated to a police officer, court official, witness, school employee or other specific person; the person has a prior unrelated conviction for this offense or if it is communicated using school or government property. It is a Class C felony if the person draws or uses a deadly weapon.
Interference with the reporting of a crime is the intent to commit, conceal or aid in the commission of a crime and knowingly or intentionally interfering with or preventing an individual from calling 911, obtaining medical assistance or making a police report. This is a Class A misdemeanor.