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New domestic violence law in neighboring state

With Connecticut being a relatively small state from a physical area perspective, it can be especially interesting and important for residents to be aware of the laws in its neighboring states. Family, friends and even jobs often necessitate frequent trips back and forth from Connecticut to other states. In Rhode Island the Governor recently signed into law a new piece of legislation relating to domestic violence.

At its core, the new law aims to help children who have been exposed to abuse in their homes or among family members. Money from the state's Department of Justice would be made available to these children to fund therapy sessions designed to help them process through the trauma that they may have witnessed or experienced in some way.

Much is unknown about this new law. For example, details were not released about whether or not a person must have been convicted of a domestic violence crime in the case in order for a child to qualify for the state money and support or whether a simple accusation of violence would be sufficient. Any ramifications in an actual domestic violence trial or criminal charge are also unknown.

Certainly protecting children is important but the rights of adults accused of crimes is as well. Anyone in Connecticut who has been the target of domestic violence allegations may find it helpful to consult with an attorney to understand the potential consequences and defense options.

Source: U.S. News and World Report, "Gov. Gina Raimondo Signs Child Domestic Violence Legislation," September 21, 2017

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