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Online Dating Safety: The Shortcomings of State Law Reform  

Author:  Rachel Cocalis.

Source: Volume 08, Number 03, Winter 2016 , pp.211-216(6)

Family & Intimate Partner Violence Quarterly

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Rachel Cocalis sheds light upon the ever-increasing apprehension that women feel towards the dangers associated with online dating. Although such fears have been partially addressed through new laws, such as New Jersey’s Internet Dating Safety Act of 2008 which requires background checks on internet dating sites, Ms. Cocalis notes such checks can provide a false sense of security. This is made clear by the author’s report of a fatal stabbing of a woman by a man possessing a clean criminal record linked to his Match.com profile.

Keywords: Internet Dating Safety Act; separation abuse; “vigilante” created sites; vouching component

Affiliations:  1: Hastings College of Law.

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