Domestic Violence

Dating Violence:  violence committed by a person (a) is or has been in a social relationship of a romantic or intimate nature with the victim; and (b) where the existence of such a relationship shall be determined based on a consideration of the following factors:  (i) The length of the relationship; (ii) The type of relationship; (iii) The frequency of interaction between the persons involved in the relationship.

Domestic Violence:  includes felony or misdemeanor crimes of violence committed by a current or former spouse or partner of the victim, by a person with whom the victim shares a child in common, by a person who is cohabiting with or has cohabited with the victim as a spouse or partner, by a person similarly situated to a spouse or partner of the victim.

Stalking:  engaging in a course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to (a) fear for his or her safety or the safety of others; or (b) suffer substantial emotional distress.

Note:  Reporting of statistics for reports of Dating Violence, Domestic Violence, and Stalking commenced on January 1, 2014, consistent with the requirements of the Violence Against Women Act.