A strict set of laws in Ohio makes it illegal to lay hands on another family member or significant other in a violent manner. The statutes that govern acts of domestic violence provide a definition of what it is, as well as penalties for its commission.
State law defines domestic violence as a deliberate or reckless attempt to cause bodily injury to a household member. Under the statute, a "household member" is a spouse, a parent, a child, or a person living as a spouse or significant other. Foster children and other blood relatives also fall under the definition. The law is written to include direct or implied threats of violence to a family or household member as well. A set of potential punishments has also been established based on the status of the alleged offender.