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SD Panel Recommends Broadening Domestic Abuse Laws

January 29, 2014, 5:07 AM

SD Panel Recommends Broadening Domestic Abuse Laws
PIERRE, SD -

A South Dakota legislative panel has endorsed a proposal that would expand the state's domestic abuse laws to cover dating couples who don't live together.

The Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday also approved some other measures intended to protect abuse victims.

Current law defines domestic abuse as physical harm, attempted harm or the infliction of fear of harm between spouses, former spouses, some relatives, people who live or have lived in the same household or people who have a child together.

The main proposal would broaden the coverage to people who are in or have been in a significant romantic relationship with each other.

The measure approved by the committee does not limit coverage to couples of the opposite sex.

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