The crime of domestic abuse, or domestic battery does not necessarily require violence in the traditional sense. Most states have enacted a special domestic violence statute, which criminalizes any abusive act that is intended to unlawfully control the actions of a family member or intimate partner. This “abuse” can be physical, emotional, economic, or psychological, and will often constitute other crimes such as assault, battery, rape, stalking or kidnapping. These laws do not criminalize acts that are considered reasonable discipline of a minor child by a parent or guardian, but draw the line when those acts begin to amount to abuse or exploitation.