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Unprecedented year for victims of domestic and sexual violence - Record number of sexual assault bills to head to the Governor’s desk
June 30, 2020
For immediate release
Contact: Amanda Grady Sexton, firstname.lastname@example.org, (603) 548-9377
A number of bills that will improve the lives of survivors of domestic and sexual violence have passed through both the New Hampshire Senate and the House of Representatives. The Coalition is thankful for the efforts of the NH Legislature to pass critical legislation that prioritizes the needs of survivors, especially in light of the devastating effects that COVID-19 is having on victims of abuse across the state. The following bills will now head to Governor Sununu’s desk.
HB 705: An omnibus bill with multiple provisions relative to sexual assault, sexual misconduct in institutions of higher education, and the rights of victims of crime.
HB 1645: An omnibus bill which includes a provision that would amend the waiting period for violent offenders to petition for annulment of a misdemeanor domestic violence offense.
HB1558: An omnibus bill with a provision relative to child sexual abuse prevention education and training.
HB1240: An omnibus bill that closes the so-called “Howie Leung loophole by ensuring that any adult in a position of authority in the state of NH is legally prohibited from violating New Hampshire’s youth. This bill would also create a stable funding source for domestic violence prevention and intervention efforts.
“These bills are a remarkable victory for survivors and for everyone concerned about the safety of citizens in this state,” said Amanda Grady Sexton, Director of Public Affairs for the Coalition. “These new protections will ensure that New Hampshire remains a leader in sexual assault prevention and in our response to domestic violence and abuse. We are so grateful to the incredible amount of advocacy from survivors and allies who reached out to their legislators and made their voices heard during this session.”
HB 705 relative to sexual assault, sexual misconduct in institutions of higher education, and the rights of victims of crime. HB 705:
HB1645, relative to superior court judgments; adding a bail commissioner to the commission on pretrial detention, pretrial scheduling, and pretrial services and the release of a defendant pending trial; prison privatization; misdemeanor domestic violence offenses; immunity from arrest or prosecution for certain alcoholic beverage violations; police officers reporting misconduct; criminal mischief; screening for all law enforcement officers for psychological stability prior to assuming their duties as certified officers; and prohibiting the use of chokeholds by law enforcement officers.
HB1558, relative to discipline of students, addressing students' behavioral needs, and making an appropriation therefor; kindergarten funding; violence in schools; policies for students with head injuries; child sexual abuse prevention education and training; authorizing the issuance of bonds or notes by a municipality; adding the chancellor of the university system of New Hampshire to the department of business and economic affairs council of partner agencies; change of school or assignment due to manifest educational hardship; school board expenditure of year-end fund balances; a children's system of care; student wellness; and criminal background checks for bus drivers.
HB1240, relative to the grounds for sexual assault and related offenses, establishing a special marriage officiant license, modifying requirements for renewal of pharmacy licenses, and relative to occupational licensure and the office of professional licensure and certification
If you or a loved one are experiencing violence or abuse you are not alone and there is help. Advocates are available to provide support, information and create a plan for safety. Services are free and confidential and available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. To learn more visit nhcadsv.org.
CONFIDENTIAL STATEWIDE HOTLINES
24-hour Domestic Violence Hotline:
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About the Coalition:
NHCADSV is a statewide network of 13 independent member programs committed to ending sexual violence, domestic violence, and stalking, through direct services to victims, community education, and public policy advocacy. The NHCADSV and its 13 member programs do not discriminate based on gender, age, health status (including HIV-positive), physical, mental, or emotional ability, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, socio-economic status, race, national origin, immigration status, or religious or political affiliation. For more information visit www.nhcadsv.org.