Legislative Report

La. House adds dating partners to domestic abuse law

by Sarah Gamard, Manship School News Service

Photo by Sarah Gamard

The Louisiana House moved a bill 59-30 Thursday under which dating partners could qualify for cases of domestic abuse even if they are not living together. The bill now goes to the Senate.

House Bill 223 by Rep. Helena Moreno, D-New Orleans, expands the coverage of domestic abuse. Currently, state law only applies such cases of domestic abuse to family and household members.

Currently, a domestic abuser who is dating and not living with the victim, is charged with simple battery. Moreno said law enforcement supports the new provision.

HB223 does not apply to a business or to platonic relationships.