636.18  DOMESTIC VIOLENCE.
   (a)   Prohibited Conduct.
      (1)   No person shall knowingly cause or attempt to cause physical harm to a family or household member.
      (2)   No person shall recklessly cause serious physical harm to a family or household member.
      (3)   No person, by threat of force, shall knowingly cause a family or household member to believe that the offender will cause imminent physical harm to the family or household member.
      (4)   A.   Whoever violates this section is guilty of domestic violence, and the court shall sentence the offender as provided in divisions (a)(4)B. to (a)(4)E. of this section.
         B.   Except as otherwise provided in division (a)(4)C., (a)(4)D. or (a)(4)E. of this section, a violation of division (a)(3) is a misdemeanor of the fourth degree and a violation of division (a)(1) or (a)(2) is a misdemeanor of the first degree.
         C.   Except as otherwise provided in division (a)(4)D. of this section, if the offender previously has pleaded guilty to or been convicted of domestic violence, a violation of an existing or former municipal ordinance or law of this or any other state or the United States that is substantially equivalent to domestic violence, a violation of Ohio R.C. 2903.14, 2909.06, 2909.07, 2911.12, 2911.211 or 2919.22 if the victim of the violation was a family or household member at the time of the violation, a violation of an existing or former municipal ordinance or law of this or any other state or the United States that is substantially equivalent to any of those sections if the victim of the violation was a family or household member at the time of the commission of the violation, or any offense of violence if the victim of the offense was a family or household member at the time of the commission of the offense, a violation of division (a)(1) or (a)(2) is a felony to be prosecuted under appropriate State law, and a violation of division (a)(3) is a misdemeanor of the second degree.
         D.   If the offender previously has pleaded guilty to or been convicted of two or more offenses of domestic violence or two or more violations or offenses of the type described in division (a)(4)C. of this section involving a person who was a family or household member at the time of the violations or offenses, a violation of division (a)(1) or (a)(2) of this section is a felony to be prosecuted under appropriate State law, and a violation of division (a)(3) of this section is a misdemeanor of the first degree.
         E.   Except as otherwise provided in division (a)(4)C. or (a)(4)D. of this section, if the offender knew that the victim of the violation was pregnant at the time of the violation, a violation of division (a)(1) or (a)(2) of this section is a felony to be prosecuted under appropriate State law, and a violation of division (a)(3) of this section is a misdemeanor of the third degree.
      (5)   Notwithstanding any provision of law to the contrary, no court or unit of state or local government shall charge any fee, cost, deposit or money in connection with the filing of charges against a person alleging that the person violated this section or a municipal ordinance substantially equivalent to this section or in connection with the prosecution of any charges so filed.
      (6)   As used in this section:
         A.   "Family or household member." Any of the following:
            1.   Any of the following who is residing or has resided with the offender:
               a.   A spouse, a person living as a spouse as defined below, or a former spouse of the offender;
               b.   A parent, a foster parent, or a child of the offender, or another person related by consanguinity or affinity to the offender;
               c.   A parent or a child of a spouse, person living as a spouse, or former spouse of the offender, or another person related by consanguinity or affinity to a spouse, person living as a spouse, or former spouse of the offender.
            2.   The natural parent of any child of whom the offender is the other natural parent or is the putative other natural parent.
         B.   "Person living as a spouse." A person who is living or has lived with the offender in a common law marital relationship, who otherwise is cohabiting with the offender, or who otherwise has cohabited with the offender within five years prior to the date of the alleged commission of the act in question.
(ORC 2919.25)
   (b)   Temporary Protection Order.  Consult Ohio R.C. 2919.26 for current provisions regarding protection orders.
   (c)   Violating a Protection Order, Consent Agreement, Anti-stalking Protection Order or Order Issued by a Court of Another State.  See Section 636.05(c) for current provisions.