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Lengthy Protective Orders
NEWS is proud to report that our governor, Jerry Brown, came through again and signed legislation that expands protection to California victims of domestic violence.
On August 1st the governor signed SB723, which allows judges to issue a protective order for up to 10 years against anyone convicted of felony or misdemeanor domestic violence. The bill was submitted by Democratic state Senator Fran Pavley of Agoura Hills was passed by the Legislature without opposition.
Judges can issue those orders now, but only in cases that involve stalking or certain injuries, or while the abuser is on probation. But in cases where an abuser is jailed and has served his sentence, the victim would have to return to court to seek a protective order. The bill's supporters say some victims cannot afford it or fear facing their abuser again.