Daniel Baldwin has been granted a restraining order against his wife and filed for divorce, claiming she punched him, threatened him with a knife in front of their children and made threats of violence and death "too numerous to list".
The 50-year-old Grey Gardens actor said his wife woke the couple's children, aged one and three, at their Oregon home by screaming and throwing objects while drunk.
Joanne Baldwin was arrested last night for violating her parole on a drink-driving conviction.
The police chief in Lake Oswego, the wealthy suburb where the couple have lived since 2010, said she is not expected to be released from jail until a hearing next Wednesday.
Daniel, the second oldest of the Baldwin brothers, has lived with his wife since 2006. The couple married in July 2007. He filed for divorce on Tuesday.
In his request for a restraining order he alleges a history of violence by his wife, beginning in 2009. He said that, in that incident, his wife punched him, leaving him with a black eye, then chased him outside to his car.
Daniel said his wife is "violent and dangerous" when she consumes alcohol.
In January, she said she had watched a documentary on women who killed their husbands, the actor wrote, and quoted her as saying "Now I know how to do it, I understand why they did it. You have been warned. Move out of this house or I am going to kill you."
He said that statement was overheard by the couple's children, the older of whom later asked him "Is mommy going to kill us?"