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AP News May 21, 2019
But advocates for domestic violence victims oppose the bill, saying it jeopardizes public safety and victims’ rights by allowing criminals to get annulments before paying victims’ medical bills, compensation for property damage or full restitution otherwise.
Amanda Grady Sexton of the New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence said New Hampshire already has some of the nation’s weakest victims’ rights laws and is one of the easiest states in which to annul criminal records.
“While criminal legal reform is a laudable goal, this legislation goes too far,” she said. “Victims will never have the ability to annul their experiences. Restitution at least makes victims financially whole, which is the least they deserve.”