Lynn Feltmeier (plaintiff) and Robert Feltmeier (defendant) married in October 1986 and divorced in December 1997. From the time that they married until a year after their divorce, Mr. Feltmeier allegedly abused Ms. Feltmeier both physically and verbally. He also stalked her, interfered with her career, and prevented her from seeking outside help. In 1999, Ms. Feltmeier sued Mr. Feltmeier for intentional infliction of emotional distress, contending that his conduct caused her to suffer substantial emotional problems, including post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, fear, and loss of self-esteem. Mr. Feltmeier challenged the tort’s applicability to interspousal conduct, the merits of Ms. Feltmeier’s claim, and whether the conduct fell within the statute of limitations. The intermediate appellate court decided in Ms. Feltmeier’s favor. Mr. Feltmeier appealed.