Associated Press - July 10, 2010 5:04 PM ET
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) - A new Alabama law allows people who are dating to seek court protection if they are abused.
The change effective July 1 permits anyone who has been dating for six months to seek a protection from abuse order from the state court system.
J.B. Ward, a domestic violence court advocate for Crisis Services of North America, said that someone seeking court protection previously had be married, divorced or have children with the alleged abuser.
Ward said that 35% of domestic violence victims are in dating relationships.
Information from: The Huntsville Times, http://www.al.com/huntsville