Under Colorado law, “Domestic Violence” means an act or threatened act of violence upon a person with whom the actor / suspect / defendant is or has been involved in an intimate relationship. “Domestic Violence” also includes any other crime against a person, or against property, including an animal, or any municipal ordinance violation against a person , or against property, including an animal, when used as a method of coercion, control, punishment, intimidation, or revenge directed against a person with whom the actor is or has been involved in an intimate relationship.
Under Colorado law, “Intimate relationship” means a relationship between spouses, former spouses, past or present unmarried couples or persons who are both the parents of the same child regardless of whether the persons have been married or have lived together at any time.
Because the definition of domestic violence and intimate relationship are so broad, including a crime against a person, property, or animal, by a current or past mate, a person accused of domestic violence could be charged under several criminal charges under Colorado law. Although not all the possible criminal charges in a domestic violence situation are included, the most common criminal charges that a person may face when the alleged assailant and the alleged victim are in an intimate relationship are: