What is a dating relationship?

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A “dating relationship” means frequent, intimate association primarily characterized by the expectation of affectional involvement. It does not include a casual relationship or an ordinary fraternization between two individuals in a business or social context.

The “casual relationship” is often found when the victim and defendant aren’t on the same page as to the nature of the relationship due to the intimate behavior they engaged in. Whereas the victim believes that the defendant was serious about the relationship, the defendant all to often believes it to be of a more “casual” nature.  When this happens, the lesser included offense of assault or assault and battery is appropriate (assuming the touching was unconsented), not domestic assault.

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