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Legal Statutes: Texas

UPDATED July 20, 2016

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Chapter 71. Definitions

back to top71.0021. Dating Violence

(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. 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).

Added by Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 91, § 1, eff. Sept. 1, 2001. Amended by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., ch. 872 (S.B. 116), § 2, eff. June 17, 2011; Acts 2015, 84th Leg., ch. 117 (S.B. 817), § 1, eff. Sept. 1, 2015.