Ky. bill would expand domestic violence protections - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Ky. bill would expand domestic violence protections

Posted: Updated:

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Kentucky is trying to do more to protect victims of dating violence.

House Bill 8 would expand the pool of victims eligible to take out emergency protective orders against their abusers. Right now, the law applies only to married couples or those who have children together.

The bill would allow those in dating relationships to take out protective orders against their abusers.

It also includes rape and stalking victims.

"When there is a problem, we have an obligation to provide intervention tools before it's too late," said First Lady Jane Beshear.

On Tuesday morning, a bipartisan group including Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear and leaders of the Kentucky House and Kentucky Senate endorsed the bill they say will save lives.

The bill cleared the House Judiciary Committee unanimously.

It now goes to the full House.

Copyright 2015 by WDRB News. All rights reserved.

Powered by Frankly
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2017 WDRB. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.