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Read our latest newsletter: February 2017.

Polito, council release report on domestic violence law implementation

STATE HOUSE — More than a year after the Legislature passed a domestic violence prevention law, more than three-quarters of the new law’s provisions have been fully implemented, according to a new report. The Governor’s Council to Address Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence — reconstituted earlier this year by Gov. Charlie Baker and chaired by Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito — released an assessment of the law’s implementation on Wednesday.

The council reported that 34 of the laws 47 “actionable sections” have been fully implemented since the law was signed by former Gov. Deval Patrick last August, including some provisions that went into effect immediately and others that were delayed as late as June. 

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“There’s been a tremendous attention to the many, many details in this law. It’s a complicated set of requirements,” said Debra Robbin, executive director of Jane Doe Inc. Robbin some items left on the to-do list are “really not the most pressing items” in the bill, and she said she’s been “very pleased and confident in the administration’s attention to these issues.” Jane Doe, Inc. – the group behind the state’s White Ribbon Day domestic violence awareness campaign – reported on Wednesday that 24 deaths in 2015 have been attributed to domestic violence across the state, including 12 women, two men, seven perpetrators who committed suicide and one bystander.

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For full article: http://newbostonpost.com/2015/12/10/polito-council-release-report-on-domestic-violence-law-implementation/#sthash.n5oQ5uAP.dpuf


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