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Dating Violence

What constitutes Dating Violence?

While domestic violence involves violence between family or household members, dating violence is defined as violence between individuals who have or have had a continuing and significant relationship of a romantic or intimate nature within the past six months. A domestic violence relationship is one in which the parties are spouses, former spouses, persons related by blood or marriage, persons who are presently residing together as if a family or who have resided together in the past as if a family, and persons who have a child in common regardless of whether they have been married or have resided together at any time.

The pattern of behavior by the offender can be the same as that of a domestic violence offender, the difference being that the parties do not and have not lived together or shared children.

Crimes pertaining to domestic and dating violence include any assault, aggravated assault, battery, aggravated battery, sexual battery, stalking, aggravated stalking, kidnapping, false imprisonment, or any criminal offense resulting in physical injury or death.

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