Family or household member; expands definition. (SB208)

Introduced By

Sen. George Barker (D-Alexandria)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Family or household member; definition.  Includes within the definition of a person's "family or household member" any individual who is currently or was formerly involved in a substantive, intimate dating relationship with the person; the existence of such a substantive relationship shall be determined based on (i) the length of the relationship, (ii) the nature of the relationship, and (iii) the frequency of interaction between the persons involved in the relationship. A casual relationship or ordinary fraternization in a business or social context does not constitute a dating relationship. Expanding the definition of "family or household member" implicates crimes for which a family or household member is a victim (e.g., assault and battery against a family member) and protective orders under which a person may be protected (e.g., protective orders in cases of family abuse). Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/12/2010Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/10 10103178D
01/12/2010Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/13/2010Impact statement from VCSC (SB208)
01/14/2010Assigned Courts sub: Criminal
01/25/2010Impact statement from DPB (SB208)
02/08/2010Continued to 2011 in Courts of Justice (14-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/08/2010Committee substitute printed 10104593D-S1
02/08/2010Subject matter referred by letter to the Virginia Crime Commission pursuant to Senate Rule 20(L)
12/02/2010Left in Courts of Justice