Lawmakers consider expanding dating violence law

By: Elizabeth Dorsett Email
By: Elizabeth Dorsett Email

A House Committee meet Wednesday to discuss passing new dating violence legislation. It would strengthen laws protecting domestic violence victims.

The committee passed the legislation on to the house Wednesday afternoon. The House has passed similar legislation three times, but failed in the Senate.

Judiciary Chairman John Tilley, who's sponsoring the bill, says laws should be strengthened to include victims dating their assailants. Right now, a victim must be married to, live with, or share a child with someone, in order to get a protective order.

Diana Ross spoke on behalf of her daughter who was gunned down by her former fiance, Steve Nunn, in front of her Lexington home. Ross said her daughter didn't qualify for a protective order, and might still be here if Kentucky's laws were stronger.

"Domestic violence doesn't care if you are married, have a child or are living together. Dating partners should be afforded the same protection under the law," said Ross.

Forty six other states have laws protecting victims who are dating or dated their assailants.

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