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Updated: 
January 25, 2019

What is the legal definition of dating violence and abuse, sexual assault, and stalking?

Dating violence and abuse means any of the following if the behavior occurs between people who are in or have been in a dating relationship:

  • physical injury;
  • serious physical injury;
  • stalking;
  • sexual assault; or
  • putting someone in fear of immediate physical injury, serious physical injury, sexual abuse, or sexual assault.1

Sexual assault means an act of rape, sodomy, or sexual abuse in any degree (which you can find on our KY Statutes page - see Chapter 510) or incest.2  The sexual assault does not have to be committed by someone with whom you are (or have been) in a dating relationship.

Stalking is defined as the actions described in the crimes of stalking in the first degree or stalking in the second degree.3  The stalking does not have to be committed by someone with whom you are (or have been) in a dating relationship.

1 KRS § 456.010(2)
2 KRS § 456.010(6)
3 KRS § 456.010(7)