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Legal Statutes: Kansas

UPDATED September 26, 2017

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Article 31. Protection from Abuse Act

back to top60-3102 Definitions

As used in the protection from abuse act:

(a) “Abuse” means the occurrence of one or more of the following acts between intimate partners or household members:

(1) Intentionally attempting to cause bodily injury, or intentionally or recklessly causing bodily injury.

(2) Intentionally placing, by physical threat, another in fear of imminent bodily injury.

(3) Engaging in any sexual contact or attempted sexual contact with another person without consent or when such person is incapable of giving consent.

(4) Engaging in any of the following acts with a minor under 16 years of age who is not the spouse of the offender:

(A) The act of sexual intercourse; or

(B) any lewd fondling or touching of the person of either the minor or the offender, done or submitted to with the intent to arouse or to satisfy the sexual desires of either the minor or the offender, or both.

(b) “Intimate partners or household members” means persons who are or have been in a dating relationship, persons who reside together or who have formerly resided together or persons who have had a child in common.

(c) “Dating relationship” means a social relationship of a romantic nature. A dating relationship shall be presumed if a plaintiff verifies, pursuant to K.S.A. 53-601, and amendments thereto, that such relationship exists. In addition to any other factors the court deems relevant, the court shall consider the following factors in making a determination of whether a relationship exists or existed include:

(1) Nature of the relationship;

(2) length of time the relationship existed;

(3) frequency of interaction between the parties; and

(4) time since termination of the relationship, if applicable.

Laws 1979, ch. 92, § 2; Laws 1980, ch. 177, § 1; Laws 1983, ch. 201, § 1; Laws 1987, ch. 228, § 2; Laws 1994, ch. 335, § 8; Laws 1998, ch. 94, § 1; Laws 2002, ch. 142, § 1; Laws 2017, ch. 66, § 2, eff. July 1, 2017.