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What is dating violence?
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 of intimate nature with the victim. 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
section of our site and the
Domestic and Family Violence section
of the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) website.
For information specifically about teen dating violence, see the
Teen Dating Violence Special Feature
and the Teen Dating Violence sections of the
Office for Victims of Crime (OVC)
National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
April 12, 2017
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