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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 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 Domestic Violence section of our site.

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) and National Institute of Justice (NIJ) sites.

Last Updated: April 27, 2016

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