In France, "domestic violence" is violence between those engaged within a couple, married or not, as well as violence against the couple’s children, or between a former spouse, partner or civil union partner.
Legal provisions on protection orders
Art. 515-9: When violence within the couple or by a former spouse, a former partner under a civil solidarity pact or a former partner, endangers the person who is the victim, and/or one or more children, the Family Court may issue an emergency protection order.
Law n° 2010-769 of 2010
Domestic violence can be psychological (offensive words, threats, shouts), physical or sexual abuse. The couple's relationship does not justify forcing a person to have sex with her partner. Violence between those engaged within a couple are aggravated criminal offences that increase penalties.