Dating Violence

Dating violence means violence between individuals who have or have had a continuing and significant relationship of a romantic or intimate nature. If you or members of your immediate family are a victim of dating violence, you can use this form to ask the Court for a protective order prohibiting dating violence. Dating violence means violence between individuals who have or have had a continuing and significant relationship of a romantic or intimate nature.

The dating relationship must have existed within the past six months, the nature of the relationship must have been characterized by the expectation of affection or sexual involvement between the parties, and the frequency and type of interaction must have included that the persons have been involved over time and on a continuous basis during the course of the relationship. Dating violence does not include violence in a casual acquaintanceship or violence between individuals who only have engaged in ordinary fraternization in a business or social context.


Dating violence includes:
  • Aggravated Assault
  • Aggravated Battery
  • Aggravated Stalking
  • Any Criminal Offense Resulting in Physical Injury or Death Assault
  • Battery
  • False Imprisonment
  • Kidnapping
  • Sexual Assault
  • Sexual Battery
  • Stalking
Because you are making a request to the Court, you are called the petitioner. The person whom you are asking the Court to protect you from is called the respondent. If you are under the age of eighteen and have never been married or had the disabilities of nonage removed by a Court, one of your parents or your legal guardian must sign this petition on your behalf.


Minors


The parent or legal guardian of any minor child who is living at home may seek an injunction for protection against dating violence on behalf of the minor child. With respect to a minor child who is living at home, the parent or legal guardian must have been an eye-witness to, or have direct physical evidence or affidavits from eye-witnesses of, the specific facts and circumstances that form the basis of the petition.

Download the Dating Violence Injunction Packet (PDF)