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Violence Against Women Act of 1994 (VAWA)

Domestic Violence (Sec. 40002(a), VAWA (42 USC 13925(a)(8))
Includes felony or misdemeanor crimes of violence committed by a current or former spouse or intimate partner of the victim, by a person with whom the victim shares a child in common, by a person who is cohabitating with the victim as a spouse or intimate partner, by a person similarly situated to a spouse of the victim under the domestic or family violence laws of the jurisdiction receiving grant monies, or by any other person against an adult or youth victim who is protected from that person’s acts under the domestic or family violence laws of the jurisdiction.

Dating Violence (Sec. 40002(a), VAWA (42 USC 13925(a)(10))
The term “dating violence” means violence committed by a person:

(A) Who 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:
(i) Length of the relationship,
(ii) Type of relationship
(iii) Frequency of interaction between the persons involved in the relationship

Stalking (Sec. 40002(a), VAWA (42 USC 13925(a)(30))
The term “stalking” means engaging in a course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to:

(A) Fear for his/her safety or the safety of others; or
(B) Suffer substantial emotional distress