The act allows law enforcement officers to act on threats of violence in dating situations as long as the relationship has existed for six months or longer and has met certain standards that transcend mere friendship. Charles Dean, R-Iverness, sponsored the bill in the Senate. In addition to allowing law enforcement to act on threats in dating relationships, the legislation would allow them to direct dating violence victims to medical care and domestic violence centers.
The victims would be given forms that explain their rights and remedies. Also, as in domestic violence cases, police officers could make an arrest based on probable cause.
Chairman Tilley has asked House leadership to work with him to move the bill to the House floor for a vote on Thursday or Friday and to the Senate for action the following week.
(WDRB) -- Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear signed a dating violence bill into law Thursday afternoon at the state capital.“There's not a bill that is more important to the commonwealth than the passage of House Bill 8,” said Gov. House Bill 8 allows victims to take out emergency protective orders, or EPOs, against their abusers or stalkers.
SCS1/CI/LM - Amend to bifurcate coverage for domestic violence into KRS Chapter 403 and coverage for dating violence, stalking, and sexual assault in KRS Chapter 456 while maintaining parallel statutory structures.