DOMESTIC VIOLENCE PROTECTIONS
Senate Bill 83 has passed the Delaware State Senate yesterday on a bipartisan vote of 15 to 6.
The adopted bill — a substitute measure introduced by its prime sponsor, Senator Margaret Rose Henry — will extend the protections afforded under Delaware’s domestic violence laws to victims of dating partner violence and to victims who have fled their homes to escape an abuser.
It will also ensure that abusers surrender their guns when a Protection from Abuse order is in effect.
The Delaware Coalition Against Gun Violence (DeCAGV) was instrumental in proposing and passing this important new legislation. Working with Americans for Responsible Solutions, the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, and the Center for American Progress, supporters of DeCAGV have added this legislative victory to their previous successes: Delaware’s universal background checks for gun purchases and its requirement to report lost or stolen firearms — both passed in 2013.
SB 83 has not yet been scheduled for a vote in the House of Representatives, but Gov. Jack Markell has indicated that he will sign it when it reaches his desk.
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“We worked hard to convince members of the Senate that the safety of domestic abuse victims — almost all of whom are women — came first,” said former Republican Senator Liane Sorenson of Yorklyn, chair of the DeCAGV Educational Fund board of directors. “We were not surprised that 15 of 21 senators voted with us. It’s good to see that domestic violence remains a bipartisan issue.”
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