“Dating Relationship” Under the Prevention of Domestic Violence Act

Just how long and how serious in intensity does a dating relationship need to be for a victim of domestic violence to be able to receive a Final Restraining Order?  Although there are no hard and fast rules, the answer as it turns out, is: not very long and not very serious.

In a recent published decision, the prominent feature of a “dating” relationship was that the victim’s services as an escort were actually purchased by the perpetrator of domestic violence (even though the parties did seem to have more of a relationship than only the business aspects of their relationship).

In an unpublished decision, the parties only dated casually and for a short time, with no sexual relationship between the parties.  In this instance, the Court observed menacing behavior on the part of the defendant that was so concerning to the Court that a Final Restraining Order was issued.


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