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Lawmakers Introduce 6 Bills Targeting Domestic Violence

Posted February 1, 2007

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— State lawmakers Wednesday introduced six bills aimed at protecting victims of domestic violence.

Among the proposed legislation, are measures that would increase the punishment for those who violate protective orders, keep guns out of their hands and improve security at shelters.

  • House Bill 42 and Senate Bill 32 calls for a statewide reporting system to keep track of domestic violence homicides.

  • House Bill 43 and Senate Bill 31 appropriate money for domestic violence programs and facilities.

  • House Bill 44 and Senate Bill 27 make it a felony for people who knowingly violate a domestic violence order more than once.

  • House Bill 45 and Senate Bill 30 make it easier for victims to change their names to keep violators from being able to locate them.

  • House Bill 46 and Senate Bill 29 create guidelines for security at state-funded domestic violence programs and shelters.

  • House Bill 47 and Senate Bill 28 make it a felony for anyone to violate a protective order with a deadly weapon.
Lawmakers also previously introduced Senate Bill 9, which prohibits someone who is named in a domestic violence protection order from buying a gun.

The bills were born out of the Joint Legislative Committee on Domestic Violence created during the short session in 2004. House Bill 1354 created the committee and passed a comprehensive set of domestic violence laws that brought North Carolina up to date with laws in other states.

“What we did 2 ½ years ago really brought us completely into the 21st century on our domestic violence laws,” Rep. Deborah Ross, D-Wake, said.

Ross who is co-sponsoring the bills in the House said it is now time to fine-tune the current domestic violence laws. She said a key element to doing so is appropriating money to help pay for programs and shelters in counties that have substandard facilities or none at all.

“We're looking at where our domestic violence funding, those dollars can have maximum impact,” Ross said.

People who advocate for domestic violence victims helped author the bills and say they will make a difference.

“I think the Legislature really does have a greater understanding that domestic violence is an important issue and that it should be taken seriously and that the victims, safety of victims and survivors is very important,” said Damita Chambers with Interact of Wake County, which provides support and services for victims of domestic violence.

Sen. Julia Boseman, D- New Hanover, has seen too many examples of domestic violence homicides in New Hanover County. She vividly recalls two deaths of University of North Carolina at Wilmington students. She said that the realization that domestic violence often leads to homicides is sinking in.

Last year, domestic violence groups say there were 78 homicides related to domestic violence; it is not an official number, but it is a number that is getting attention from lawmakers sponsoring these laws.

“I hope that we'll get a lot of support for it and we'll be pushing for it very hard this session,” Boseman said

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  • jamandbread Mar 14, 2007

    I have been a victim of domestic violence and because I was married to a policeman who assured others that I was delusional, nothing was ever done...the violence lessen when the law passed that made policemen have to help. The laws were already there...After my ex got away with beating me up and the police officers who were on call did nothing...I gave up..I was a personal friend of Deana Bailey, who had several restraining orders..her ex husband even came on school grounds looking for her...her ex broke into her car and was there when she was in the parking lot of a grocery store..from there he killed and left two of the most adorable children motherless...If these laws are not made stronger, the legislators should be fired or voted out of office on that one issue.

  • MzFang Feb 5, 2007

    prhodes10 The Domestic Violence law's are not gender specific as that would be illegal. They protect both sex's equally but a great majority of men are not as willing to report being abused. It can be a Catch 22 for men though as it usually boils down to a "he said" vs "she said" and the one with the most documentation, consistent statement's, witness' and injuries "wins". No one "wins" but you get my meaning.... As a Domestic Violence survivor my heart goes out to your son. My abuser STILL has 5 warrants for his arrest in this state, I know where he is and I've informed the police and they still have done nothing...He's free to beat and terrorize another woman and I'm still looking over my shoulder 7 years later. Shame on the state of NC's legislator's for not giving this the attention it so DESPERATELY deserves.

  • prhodes10 Feb 1, 2007

    Where is the laws to help the domesticly abused man. the law only help the woman. my son is the victim of a abuser that he once loved and call his wife. no laws help for him because hes a man.

  • RDUTEC Feb 1, 2007

    Crininals for the most part pay little or no attention to laws, that's why they are called crininals. Laws on the other hand tend mostly to control the lawfull.

    Seems to me to be just another political dog & pony show.

  • Dunn-onian Feb 1, 2007

    There is no more fundamental right than the right of self-defense. All societies recognize and respect this right (with the possible exception Senator Boseman).

  • Dunn-onian Feb 1, 2007

    SB 9, which should be called the "Domestic Abuser Protection Act," would disarm domestic violence victims, sending a clear message to domestic abusers--who routinely violate protective orders--that they may rape and murder at will. Sen. Boseman claims, “Senate Bill 9 requires that the judge prohibit the DEFENDANT (NOT the abused victim) from purchasing a firearm.” But in truth, defendants under protective orders are **already prohibited** from purchasing firearms under §50B-3.1(d)(1). What SB 9 does, under §50B‑3(a)(11) is allow judges to prohibit PLAINTIFFS from purchasing firearms for self-protection.

  • Dunn-onian Feb 1, 2007

    Senator Julia Boseman is distributing misinformation regarding two gun control bills she has filed.
    SB 8, which should be titled the "Child Predator Protection Act," would create so many victim disarmament zones that parents would be unable to protect their children and North Carolina's concealed handgun statute would be rendered worthless. Sen. Boseman claims SB 8 “does not include firearms limits.” In truth, Section 3 of the bill creates a new "§14‑269.5(b), which says: “It is unlawful for any person to possess or carry, whether openly or concealed, any gun, rifle, or pistol in any public park, in any child care center, or on any playground,” including parking lots for those areas.
    SB 9, which should be called the "Domestic Abuser Protection Act," would disarm domestic violence victims, sending a clear message to domestic abusers--who routinely violate protective orders--that they may rape and murder at will. Sen. Boseman claims, “Senate Bill 9 requires that

  • Joe Schmoe Jan 31, 2007

    Go and read the text for SB-9 (follow the link above and to the right of the story). Senator Julia Boseman wants the law changed so that the *plaintiff* in a domestic violence case is prohibited from buying a gun. That's right, she wants to disarm the *victims* of domestic violence, leaving them nothing but a piece of paper with which to protect themselves from the person who has been abusing them!