A bill sponsored by State Representative Kamia Brown providing more resources to victims of Child to Parent abuse has passed it’s latest committee stop with unanimous support from Democrats and Republicans.
HB 1199, which cleared the House Criminal Justice subcommittee would bill will require the Department of Juvenile Justice and other domestic violence organizations to develop and maintain updated information and materials regarding services and resources for parents who are victims of child-to-parent abuse. This bill will also require law enforcement officers to undergo training concerning child-to-parent cases.
During the hearing Republican state lawmaker Gayle Harrell voiced her support of the legislation citing a recent case in her own district where it could have benefited the victim.
“First as an aide, and now as a Representative, yesterday’s unanimous vote was the culmination of four years of work,” said Brown. “In my district alone, we have had two individual cases where parents were murdered by their child. The signs were there, however, the resources to prevent this violent act were not, and that is what this bill will provide.”
Former State Senator Geraldine Thompson made multiple attempts to pass a bill before Brown continued the efforts for it’s passage.
The bill will still have to fight the bottle-neck effect all legislation faces as it makes it’s way through committees and ultimately a house vote before the 60 day session.