Source: Assembly Republican Press Release -
Legislation sponsored by Assembly Republicans Amy Handlin and Donna Simon to prevent domestic violence was approved by the Women and Children’s Committee today.
“Domestic abuse is seldom a one-time event. The registry created by this bill will provide critical information that can help people from becoming victims,” said Handlin, R-Monmouth. “Knowledge is power. We don’t want to learn that an abuser has a history after it is too late.”
A-2539 establishes a registry of domestic violence offenders, which would be accessible to the public. According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, on average, nearly 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner in the United States. During one year, this equates to more than 10 million women and men.
“Revealing the identity of convicted violent offenders gives individuals the necessary information to make an informed decision,” said Simon, R – Hunterdon, Somerset, Mercer and Middlesex. “Better safe than sorry, this piece of legislation will protect people and aims to decrease victimization.”