Domestic Violence is abuse committed against someone who is a current or former spouse; current or former cohabitant; someone with whom the Respondent has a child; someone with whom the Respondent has or had a dating or engagement relationship; or a person similarly situated under California domestic or family violence law.
Cohabitant means two unrelated persons living together for a substantial period of time, resulting in some permanency of relationship.
Perpetrators can be subject to campus sanctions such as suspension, expulsion, and employment termination; as well as arrest, criminal prosecution, restitution, and civil justice.
Victims and survivors have numerous rights granted by federal and state laws (see Survivors' Rights).
You can also be made to feel forced through more subtle actions.