KY Legislators reach agreement on Dating Violence Bill

Published: Mar. 3, 2015 at 11:00 PM EST|Updated: Apr. 17, 2015 at 10:00 PM EDT
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Pat Byron (Source: Theo Keith, WAVE 3 News)
Pat Byron (Source: Theo Keith, WAVE 3 News)

FRANKFORT, KY (WAVE) - A Louisville mother had tears in her eyes as she watched lawmakers announce Kentucky would become the last state to offer some sort of civil protections against dating violence.

On December 6, 1993, Pat Byron's daughter, Mary, was killed by her ex-boyfriend in the parking lot of Mall St Matthews as she left work. It was Mary's 21st birthday.

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Since then, Pat Byron has fought for more protection for victims of dating violence, including the creation of the VINE notification system. Kentucky lawmakers said they have reached an agreement which will allow a victim to get a civil protective order against their abuser.

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"I'm not a politician. I'm just a mother," said Byron. "And I'm just glad that they've finally seen the light."

Leaders in both the House and Senate expect the bill to pass this week and get to Governor Beshear who supports it.

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