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(PDF 123.56 KB) What is domestic violence on the Navajo Nation?
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Domestic Violence on the Navajo Nation?
- Damage to property;
- Emotional abuse;
- Sexual harassment; or
- Other conduct that amounts to a crime or civil legal action.
Keep in mind that domestic abuse does NOT include a victim’s act of self-defense that is a reasonable response to abuser’s domestic abuse.
The Domestic Abuse Protection Act includes the following people in the definition of “victim”:
- Any member or former member of the abuser’s household or immediate residence area.
- Any person involved in, or formerly involved in, an intimate relationship with the abuser.
- Any person who interacts with the abuser in an employment, recreational, academic, religious, social or other setting.
- Any children of the abuser.
- Any relative or clan member of the abuser.
- Any elderly person; OR
- Any vulnerable person. This would include but is not limited to people with emotional and physical disabilities and impairments.