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Texas Family Code - FAM § 71.0021. Dating Violence

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(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).

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