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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 Teen Dating Violence Special Feature, the Domestic Violence section of our site and the Teen Dating Violence section of the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) site.

Last Updated: January 10, 2013

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