Apparently the Program is interested only in "high-risk" victims, and perhaps they, like our esteemed Vice-President, view a slap across the face as less portentous of serious injury or homicide. I would like to refer them to the definition of "slap": 1) a blow with the palm of one's hand or a flat object; 2) reprimand someone forcefully; 3) suddenly and directly, especially with great force. And to further define this action as "Garden-variety" is repulsive. There should be nothing usual, ordinary or commonplace about delivering such a blow to the face of a woman.
If they are truly interested in eliminating domestic abuse, then any action of physical harm against a woman should be unacceptable! Just because it doesn't result in broken bones, bleeding wounds, or God forbid, death, doesn't been it isn't just as abusive. To attach "degrees of abuse" to any kind of assessment program does not serve the interests of women. Shame on the Vice-President and the Department of Justice.