What is Dating Violence? What is Domestic Violence?


Dating violence and domestic violence are prohibited under the Siena College Human Rights Policy.

Dating violence is defined as:

  • violence committed by a person
  • who is or has been in a social relationship
  • of a romantic or intimate nature
  • with the victim

Domestic violence includes:

  • felony or misdemeanor crimes of violence committed by a current or former spouse of the victim,
  • by a person with whom the victim shares a child in common,
  • by a person who is cohabitating with or has cohabitated with the victim as a spouse,
  • by a person similarly situated to a spouse of the victim under the domestic or family violence laws of the jurisdiction receiving grant monies,
  • or by any other person against an adult or youth victim who is protected from that person's acts under the domestic or family violence laws of the jurisdiction.

Dating/domestic violence is a pattern of coercive or abusive behaviors used to obtain and maintain power and control in a relationship.

Abusive behaviors can be:

  • emotional
  • verbal
  • psychological
  • sexual
  • physical

Examples may include but are not limited to:

  • name-calling, insults, put-downs
  • keeping or limiting a person from contacting family or friends (isolation)
  • withholding money, food or other necessities
  • stopping a person from getting or keeping a job, getting to class, staying in school
  • actual or threatened physical harm (including throwing objects)
  • sexual assault (including pressuring or forcing sexual activity)
  • stalking
  • possessiveness or extreme jealousy
  • intimidation
  • physical assault (hitting, pushing, shoving, strangulation, etc.)
  • emotional isolation/manipulation

Did you know?

  • Dating violence and domestic violence can happen to anyone, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, ethnic background, family upbringing, socio-economic status.
  • Dating violence and domestic violence are antithetical to our Siena values and to our vision of what it means to live and learn in a safe, respectful and inclusive community.
  • Dating violence  and domestic violence are also violations of Siena College’s Code of Conduct. More information about dating violence can be found in The Human Rights Policy and Procedures, which can be found in the Siena Life Student Handbook or online