Kentucky Senate committee passes dating violence bill - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Kentucky Senate committee passes dating violence bill

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Kentucky is one step closer to helping victims of dating violence after a state Senate committee passed a new bill Tuesday morning.

The Senate Judiciary Committee passed House Bill 8 -- the so-called "Dating Violence Act." The committee heard about an hour of testimony this morning before passing the act without a single "no" vote.

The bill allows victims of dating violence to take out emergency protective orders (EPOs) against their abusers or stalkers. Under current law, that kind of protection applies only to married couples, those who have children together, or live together.

Kentucky is one of the last states to offer this kind of dating violence protection.

Pat Byron, whose daughter was killed by a former boyfriend in Louisville in 1993, says it's about time.

"It would have given her another layer of protection," she said. "Like they say, it is a piece of paper, but it's what it represents that was so important, and it will protect other women in similar situations."

It now goes to the full Senate, where passage is expected. It does have the support of Senate President Robert Stivers. The House has already passed a similar bill.

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