What is domestic violence on the Navajo Nation?

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Domestic Violence on the Navajo Nation?



The Domestic Abuse Protection Act defines domestic abuse (also commonly referred to as “domestic violence”) to include any of the following:


  • Assault
  • Battery
  • Threatening;
  • Coercion;
  • Confinement;
  • Damage to property;
  • Emotional abuse;
  • Harassment;
  • 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.



Published: Sep 1, 2011