Welcome! Login | Register
 

What Does It Mean To Be An American?—What Does It Mean To Be An American

Leonard Moorehead, the Urban Gardener: Red White and Blue—Fife and drums, stars and stripes, salutes pop,…

Monfredo: Parents, Beware… The Summer Slide is Back… Need Assistance? Read This Column—Monfredo: Parents, Beware… The Summer Slide in Back……

Doherty Memorial High School Awarded “Let’s Play” Donation—Doherty Memorial High School Awarded "Let's Play" Donation

How Each State Demonstrates Its Patriotism—How Each State Demonstrates Its Patriotism

Leather Storrs: How TV Influences our Changing Food Culture—Leather Storrs: How TV Influences our Changing Food…

Worcester Night Run to Help Worcester Native in Her Battle Against Cancer—Worcester Night Run 5k on August 28th to…

Worcester Academy Purchases Remaining Land At Former St. Vincent Hospital Property—Worcester Academy has purchased from Boston’s Liberty Properties

Chris Christie Announces Presidential Run—Chris Christie Announces Presidential Run

Paris Hilton Will Perform At The Big E In October—Paris Hilton will close out the 99th edition…

 
 

NEW: Patrick Signs Bill to Protect Sexaul Assault and Domestic Violence Victims

Thursday, January 03, 2013

 

Governor Patrick signs “An Act Relative To Housing Rights for Victims of Domestic Violence, Rape, Sexual Assault and Stalking” in the Governor’s Council Chambers. (Photo credit: Eric Haynes / Governor’s Office)

Governor Deval Patrick was joined by the Lieutenant Governor and housing, public safety and community advocates on Thursday for the signing of a new bill that will provide protections and housing rights for sexual assault, domestic violence, rape and stalking victims.

The bill, entitled “An Act Relative To Housing Rights for Victims of Domestic Violence, Rape, Sexual Assault and Stalking," protects victims from landlords who attempt to evict them because they were a victim of such a crime and creates a provision for documented victims to break their leases to move away from their assailant without any financial penalty. It also allows for victims to have their locks changed after they are subject to such a crime.

“We must do all we can to protect victims of sexual and domestic violence,” said Patrick. “I thank the Legislature and the many caring advocates for giving us additional tools to do so.”

Lt. Gov. Tim Murray, who chairs both the Governor’s Council to Address Sexual and Domestic Violence and the Interagency Council on Housing and Homelessness, said the legislature's partnering with community-based advocates enabled the state to improve the safety of victims and open doors for those needing to change their situation to improve their own safety without penalty.

“We thank the legislature and the Governor for passage of this bill,” said Mary Lauby, executive director of Jane Doe Inc. “Inadequate and unsafe housing options contribute to the economic instability that some victims face. This law removes obstacles as it creates new options for rape victims and victims of domestic violence who may need and want such protection.”

 

Related Articles

 

Enjoy this post? Share it with others.