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Petitioning Kentucky State House and 2 others

Expand Kentucky's Domestic Violence Laws to Include ALL Couples in a Dating Relationship!


The time has come for the Commonwealth to update its domestic violence and abuse laws; this includes EVERYONE in the Commonwealth in a dating relationship should it become violent. 
 
The Kentucky Domestic Violence Association in partnership with Kentucky Equality Federation urge the Kentucky Legislature to update the Commonwealth's Domestic Violence and Dating Laws.

The Commonwealth should expand protective order statute to allow persons who are dating, or have dated, but who have never lived together, and do not have a child in common, to petition for protective orders.  The bill would also expand the warrantless arrest statute to cover all persons in a dating relationship.

Physical and sexual abuse is the most often talked about piece of dating abuse, but dating abuse doesn’t have to be physical. It can include verbal and emotional abuse and controlling behaviors.  In addition, as technologies like cell phones and social networking become the norm for communication, they can also be used to further abuse and control.

Dating violence involves all couples and all people!  Sign your name today!

Letter to
Kentucky State House
Kentucky State Senate
Kentucky Governor
As a citizen of this Commonwealth I urge you to update the Commonwealth's Domestic Violence and Dating Laws. Kentucky should expand protective order statute to allow persons who are dating, or have dated, but who have never lived together, and do not have a child in common, to petition for protective orders.

Supported by the Kentucky Domestic Violence Association in partnership with Kentucky Equality Federation.

The warrantless arrest statute to should cover ALL persons in a dating relationship.

10 Teen Dating Abuse Facts:
Physical and sexual abuse is the most often talked about piece of dating abuse.
• 1 in 5 teens who have been in a serious relationship report being hit, slapped or pushed by a partner.
• 1 in 3 teenagers report knowing a friend or peer who has been hit, punched, kicked, slapped, choked or physically hurt by their partner.
• 1 in 4 teenage girls who have been in relationships reveal they have been pressured to perform oral sex or engage in intercourse.

But dating abuse doesn’t have to be physical. It can include verbal and emotional abuse and controlling behaviors.
• More than 1 in 4 teenage girls in a relationship report enduring repeated verbal abuse.
• One-third or more of teens who have been in a relationship have been with a partner who frequently asked where they were and whom they were with.
• 1 in 4 teens who have been in a serious relationship say their boyfriend or girlfriend has tried to prevent them from spending time with friends or family; the same number have been pressured to only spend time with their partner.
• Nearly 1 in 5 teenage girls who have been in a relationship said a boyfriend had threatened violence or self-harm if presented with a break-up.

As technologies like cell phones and social networking become the norm for communication, they can also be used to further abuse and control.
• One in three teens (30%) say they are text messaged 10, 20, or 30 times an hour by a partner inquiring where they are, what they're doing, or who they're with.
• 68% of teens say boyfriends/girlfriends sharing private or embarrassing pictures/videos on cell phones and computers is a serious problem.
• 71% of teens regard boyfriends/girlfriends spreading rumors about them on cell phones and social networking sites as a serious problem.

Dating violence involves all couples and all people! The Commonwealth of Kentucky needs to update its Domestic Violence Laws to including Dating Violence for all people!


cc: Kentucky Domestic Violence Association
cc: Kentucky Equality Federation
cc: Jordan Palmer, President