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In 2017, the Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence is supporting bills that provide practical solutions for building healthy, safe families and that protect Rhode Islanders’ basic human rights. These bills address multiple forms of abuse, making our communities safer for all.

Disarming Dangerous Abusers: S0405 (Metts) / H5510 (Tanzi)
This act would require that any person convicted of a misdemeanor domestic violence offense, or any person subject to a final protective order, be ordered by the court to surrender all firearms in their possession, care, custody, or control to either the state or local police or to a licensed firearms dealer, and that they file proof of surrender with the court.

Updating the Felony Stalking Law: S0340 (Nesselbush)
This act would update Rhode Island’s stalking law to align with the most current national model code, defining stalking as a course of conduct that would cause a reasonable person emotional distress or cause them to fear for their own safety or that of another.

Requiring Lethality Risk Assessments: S0010 (McCaffrey) / H5064 (Craven)
This act would implement pre-trial lethality risk assessments in District Court for domestic violence perpetrators with a high risk of reoffending, such as those with past crimes of domestic violence or other risk factors.

Prohibiting Revenge Porn
This act would prohibit a person from electronically disseminating sexually explicit images of another without their consent. First violations would be a misdemeanor, and subsequent violations would be a felony.

Guaranteeing Earned Sick and Safe Days: S0290 (Goodwin) / H5413 (Regunberg)
This act would require all employers to provide their employees with a minimum of seven paid sick and safe days, including time to take care of family members or to address issues related to domestic violence.

Expanding Crime Victim Compensation for Children who Witness: H5452 (Shekarchi)
This act would expand the Crime Victim Compensation Program to cover the cost of counseling for any child who has witnessed a homicide or a domestic violence incident.

Recognizing Canadian Protective Orders: H5438 (Keable)
This act would establish uniform recognition and enforcement of Canadian domestic violence protective orders and violations within the State of Rhode Island.

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