Online daters beware: boyfriends are more likely to be violent than husbands

Anna met her ex boyfriend on dating app OkCupid IAC, -0.42% in August of 2012. His first message was simple, just a “Hey,” and they ended up meeting for a date within a few days of their date.

Over the next year, he became manipulative and emotionally abusive. By October 2013, Anna said he started to physically abuse her. After a particularly violent incident, Anna (not her real name) left him, but did not press any charges for fear of retaliation. What she didn’t know then is that federal laws would not have protected her if she had.

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