Domestic violence isn’t a scourge that is isolated to heterosexual, married couples. Domestic violence can occur in unmarried relationships and in same sex relationships. Recently, North Dakota refused to extend domestic violence protection to same sex couples under their statutory framework. The purpose of statutes regarding domestic violence isn’t to quantify the categories of those protected but to identify the behaviors that we, as a society, find morally reprehensible and attach criminal and civil penalties for such behavior. Whether the behavior occurs in a married, unmarried or same sex relationship shouldn’t be the qualifying condition. The behavior is what is judged and not the victim. If we are truly concerned with stopping domestic violence then that means it stops for all types of familial relationships and not just those of married couples.