Victims’ Rights Legislation

 

Senator Kim Ward discusses a package of bills that passed the Senate which will strengthen protections for victims of domestic violence. The bills included:

Senate Bill 313 makes it easier for domestic violence victims with to remove the name of an abuser from a shared telephone plan.

Senate Bill 449, known as Tierne’s Law, which will allow Magisterial District Judges to use a risk assessment tool when determining bail in domestic violence cases.

Senate Bill 500 ensures that law enforcement protection is available to a victim before or while PFA orders are being served.

Senate Bill 501 removes third-party safekeeping as an option for a domestic violence defendant ordered by the court to relinquish firearms.

Senate Bill 502 makes it easier for the court to extend a PFA order when an abuser is released from custody.

Senate Bill 919 allows domestic violence victims who live in public housing to be relocated to another unit.

Senate Bill 1011, known as Marsy’s Law, would amend the state Constitution to creating a crime victims’ “Bill of Rights.”