What is Dating Violence? What is Domestic Violence?


Dating violence and domestic violence are prohibited under the Siena College Sexual Misconduct Policy.

Dating violence is violence committed by a person who (a) has been in a social relationship of a romantic or intimate nature with the victim and (b) where the existence of such a relationship shall be determined based on a consideration of the following factors: length of the relationship, type of relationship and frequency of interaction between the persons involved in the relationship.

Domestic violence is a felony or misdemeanor crime of violence committed by a current or former spouse of the victim/survivor, by a person with whom the victim/survivor shares a child in common, by a person who is cohabitating with or has cohabitated with the victim/survivor as a spouse, by a person similarly situated to a spouse of the victim/survivor under the domestic or family violence laws of the jurisdiction receiving grant monies, or by any other person against an adult or youth victim/survivor who is protected from the person’s acts under the domestic 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 t Sexual Misconduct Policy, which can be found in the Siena Life Student Handbook or online