- Associated Press - Thursday, February 12, 2015

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - The Kentucky House has voted to extend emergency protective orders to people whose dating relationships turn violent.

The bill passed the House 98-0 on Thursday and now goes to the Senate. Senate President Robert Stivers said earlier this week that the bill might be tweaked in the Senate but has a “high likelihood of success.”

The measure would create a unified, comprehensive system of civil protections in Kentucky for victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking. Kentucky is among a few remaining states that haven’t extended those emergency protections to victims of dating violence.

Victims’ advocates have been pushing for the expanded protections for years.


The legislation is House Bill 8.

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