Governor Signs Domestic Violence Bill

By: 13 News
By: 13 News

Topeka (WIBW) - Gov. Mark Parkinson says a new law will help track offenders in domestic violence cases.

Parkinson signed a bill Monday that requires a special domestic violence designation be placed onto criminal cases if the defendant is found guilty of those crimes. The bill will also allow courts to place a special DV designation on a criminal case number identifying the case.

Parkinson says identifying cases involving domestic violence helps courts ensure justice and communities ensure prevention.

“Too many times, crimes are being committed by people who claim to love those that they hurt,” Parkinson said. “Even worse, these crimes were only being identified by the physical act and not by the underlying cause, blinding our law enforcement, our advocacy groups and our families from the truth about domestic violence in our state. By identifying cases involving domestic violence, this bill goes a long way in helping our courts ensure justice and our communities ensure prevention.”

Additionally, the bill clarifies several definitions in relating to domestic violence and requires the KBI to make available to the Governor’s Domestic Violence Fatality Review Board crime record information related to domestic violence. The Board is charged with reviewing all adult domestic violence-related fatalities in Kansas, describing trends and patterns regarding the facts and circumstances of these fatalities, recommending improvements to prevent future fatalities and determining if adequate resources and trainings are in place for those who respond to domestic violence crimes.

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