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What is dating violence?
The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) defines dating violence as violence committed by a person who is or has been in a social relationship of a romantic or intimate nature with the victim; and where the existence of such a relationship shall be determined based on a consideration of the following factors:

  • The length of the relationship
  • The type of relationship
  • The frequency of interaction between the persons involved in the relationship.
For additional information, visit the Domestic and Family Violence section of our site.

For information specifically about teen dating violence, visit the Teen Dating Violence section of our site.

Last Updated: 8/21/2015

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