Dating and violence should never be a couple

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.

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.

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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! As a citizen of this Commonwealth I urge you to update the Commonwealth's Domestic Violence and Dating Laws.

Non-Hotline volunteers are encouraged to attend the first training session (Domestic Violence 101).

Do you have testimonials or comments from former clients? They were speedy and accurate and handled my case in a very professional manner. When the Texas Advocacy Project called to take my case, everything hopeless began to fall away. My attorneys were very professional and courteous at all times.

Know that both girls and boys are susceptible to abuse.

Often boys are afraid to admit to abuse out of fear that it violates codes of masculinity.

Intimate partner violence tends to have warning signs, cycles, and painful consequences for all involved. According to the CDC, “teen dating violence is defined as the physical, sexual, or psychological/emotional violence within a dating relationship, as well as stalking.