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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 Office of Justice Programs
Family Violence Special Feature
Intimate Partner Violence section
of the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) website.
For information specifically about teen dating violence, see the Office of Justice Programs
Teen Dating Violence Special Feature
and the National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
Teen Dating Violence
April 12, 2017
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