Dating violence is defined as a pattern of abusive behaviors an individual uses to exert control and/or power over a person that they are dating. This type of violent behavior can occur between heterosexual or same-sex couples.
This kind of violence can occur in many forms, including:
Sometimes, the terms are used interchangeably. However, domestic violence usually refers to an individual committing or threatening to commit violence against another family or household member. It usually involves the crimes of assault and/or battery. The term is broadly used because a household or family member can include:
Whether the violence is considered dating violence usually depends on:
When looking at the extent of the relationship, the factors considered include the:
Dating violence penalties are usually similar to domestic violence penalties in many jurisdictions. A misdemeanor conviction may include up to one year in jail and fines. A felony dating violence penalty includes possible prison time, probation, hefty fines, and mandatory rehabilitation courses. There are, of course, defenses available to anyone accused of dating violence who wishes to avoid these penalties.
If you are accused of dating violence, immediately talk to a criminal lawyer. The lawyer will be able to advise you of your rights and available defenses.
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