Lawmakers approved more protection for victims of dating violence. A bill to extend some of the safety provisions offered to victims of domestic violence to victims of dating violence was approved by both chambers.
If signed into law police could immediately seek out and arrest an abusive dater, with probable cause.
Victims of dating violence would also have access to the same counseling offered to domestic abuse victims. Bill sponsor Kurt Kelly says while the bill will offer some protection, more needs to be done.
“We need to have a conversation about dating violence and the way we have a dating relationship. Dating violence is a symptom of a bigger problem, that’s happening here in our nation, and I think this is a conversation were going to have.”
Kelly hopes to have that conversation very soon with Governor Charlie Crist who is expected to sign the legislation.