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Columbia, SC (WLTX) -- A bill at the state would extend the definition of domestic violence to include dating couples.

State Senator Darrell Jackson says right now the law only classifies domestic violence as married couples, or those who live together. He says that allows some to only receive charges lesser charges.

Jackson says victims spoke out about the issue which led to the bill. He says the legislation has bi-partisan support. Lexington County Senator Katrina Shealy, a Republican, is a co-sponsor.

"We've heard from a lot of South Carolinians that say, look it's not fair, we dated, we did not live together, were not married, and I was physically abused and I went to court and he could only be charged with simple assault and battery. This will make this a lot stronger," said Jackson.

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