District 14 Representative Derek Kawakami introduced the bill at the request of the Kaua’i Domestic Violence Task Force and the Office of the Prosecuting Attorney.
The provisions of the bill extend domestic abuse protections to individuals who are in dating relationships, defined under the law as individuals in a romantic, courtship, or engagement relationship, but not necessarily characterized by actions of an intimate or sexual nature.
Until now, the law only applied to protect individuals who were related, had a child together, or had resided together.
The law also requires police to separate the abuser from the abused for a minimum of 48 hours.
The law previously required only a 24-hour separation.
This period of separation allows the victim, if necessary, to seek a restraining order or take other steps to ensure his or her safety.
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