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Iowa law combines two sections of the criminal code to define domestic violence. The assault code, which defines criminal behavior and the domestic abuse act, which defines a domestic relationship.

Assault, in lay language, is defined as one of the following:
Iowa Criminal Code 708 Assault – Definition
A domestic relationship is defined as one of the following:
Iowa Criminal Code 236 the Domestic Abuse Act – Definition
If an individual is convicted of a domestic abuse assault they are likely to face the following consequences:
Consequences vary based on the seriousness of the criminal conviction. If you have questions about your situation, contact a DVIP advocate at 319-351-1043 or 1-800-373-1043. An advocate can give you information or referrals about the following issues: