Legal definition dating violence

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Teen dating violence [PDF 187KB] is defined as the physical, sexual, psychological, or emotional violence within a dating relationship, including stalking. Teen dating violence (physical and sexual) among US high school students: Findings from the 2013 National Youth Risk Behavior Survey. As teens develop emotionally, they are heavily influenced by experiences in their relationships.It can occur in person or electronically and might occur between a current or former dating partner. Healthy relationship behaviors can have a positive effect on a teen’s emotional development. The existence of such a relationship shall be determined based on consideration of:(1) the length of the relationship;(2) the nature of the relationship; and(3) the frequency and type of interaction between the persons involved in the relationship.(c) A casual acquaintanceship or ordinary fraternization in a business or social context does not constitute a "dating relationship" under Subsection (b). (a) "Dating violence" means an act, other than a defensive measure to protect oneself, by an actor that:(1) is committed against a victim or applicant for a protective order:(A) with whom the actor has or has had a dating relationship; or(B) because of the victim's or applicant's marriage to or dating relationship with an individual with whom the actor is or has been in a dating relationship or marriage; and(2) is intended to result in physical harm, bodily injury, assault, or sexual assault or that is a threat that reasonably places the victim or applicant in fear of imminent physical harm, bodily injury, assault, or sexual assault.(b) For purposes of this title, "dating relationship" means a relationship between individuals who have or have had a continuing relationship of a romantic or intimate nature. Official statistics are scarce, but in a recent survey, 1 in 11 high school students report being hit, slapped, or physically hurt on purpose by a boyfriend or girlfriend in the prior 12 months. is the victim of physical, emotional or verbal abuse from a dating partner.(Source: CDC Teen Dating Violence Fact Sheet) Other recent studies show that at least 25% of teenagers report being in violent relationships themselves. (Futures Without Violence Fact Sheet) In many instances, a batterer comes across as a perfect boyfriend or girlfriend.Several different words are used to describe teen dating violence. Dating violence is widespread with serious long-term and short-term effects. Unhealthy, abusive, or violent relationships can have severe consequences and short- and long-term negative effects on a developing teen.

"Family violence" means:(1) an act by a member of a family or household against another member of the family or household that is intended to result in physical harm, bodily injury, assault, or sexual assault or that is a threat that reasonably places the member in fear of imminent physical harm, bodily injury, assault, or sexual assault, but does not include defensive measures to protect oneself;(2) abuse, as that term is defined by Sections 261.001(1)(C), (E), (G), (H), (I), (J), and (K), by a member of a family or household toward a child of the family or household; or(3) dating violence, as that term is defined by Section 71.0021.

This includes any behaviors that intimidate, manipulate, humiliate, isolate, frighten, terrorize, coerce, threaten, blame, hurt, injure, or wound someone.

Physical Abuse: Hitting, slapping, shoving, grabbing, pinching, biting, hair pulling, etc are types of physical abuse.

Teens often think some behaviors, like teasing and name calling, are a “normal” part of a relationship.

However, these behaviors can become abusive and develop into more serious forms of violence.

It can be physical, which is what most people think about, but it can also include emotional, sexual or economic abuse.

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