Dating & Domestic Violence

According to CSU policy, Dating Violence is defined as "abuse committed by a person who is or has been in a social or dating relationship of a romantic or intimate nature with the victim. 'Abuse' means intentionally or recklessly causing, or attempting to cause, bodily injury or placing another person in reasonable apprehension of imminent serious bodily injury to self or another. According to CSU policies, abuse does not include non-physical, emotional distress or injury." 

Domestic Violence is defined as "abuse committed against someone who is a current or former spouse; current or former cohabitant; someone with whom the Respondent has a child; someone with whom the Respondent has or had a dating or engagement relationship; or a person similarly situated under California domestic or family violence law. Cohabitant means two unrelated persons living together for a substantial period of time, resulting in some permanency of relationship. It does not include roommates who do not have a romantic, intimate, or sexual relationship."

While CSU policy focuses on dating and domestic violence where there is physical violence, there are several other forms of abuse that may be present in abusive and unhealthy relationships.

Other forms of abusive behaviors can include:

  • Emotional Abuse
  • Verbal Abuse
  • Reproductive Coercion
  • Controlling Behaviors
  • Spiritual, Cultural, and Religious Abuse

For more information on other forms of abuse, please visit the National Resource Center for Domestic Violence at