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Legislative Research Council looks at definition of "Domestic Abuse"


The Domestic Abuse Interim Study Committee made Rapid City one of four stops in South Dakota Tuesday night.
The committee asks members of the public to share their experiences regarding domestic abuse laws with a focus on the definition of the term.

Currently the definition of domestic abuse is attempt to cause or inflict or cause fear of physical harm, or bodily injury between family or household members.

Household members can include spouses, former spouses, persons living in the same household, persons who have lived together, or persons who have had a child together.

This is an area that Police Chief Steve Allender says could be looked more closely at.

"The clause includes anyone that lives together or has lived together. This creates a snarl sometimes under the clause because it can include people like college roommates or brothers who lived together 25 years ago," says Allender.
Allender also says the mandatory arrest clause is a very good part of the law that is in place.

It allows officers to determine who the dominant aggressor is, and conduct an arrest.

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