District 45 State Representative Kamia Brown has filed a bill that would allocate resource for parents who are victims of domestic violence at the hands of their children.
HB 1199 would require the Department of Juvenile Justice and the Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence to improve and maintain materials outlining the resources available to parents and legal custodians who are victims of domestic abuse carried out by their children. This includes posting information on their websites and distributing that serve victims of domestic violence. The measure would also provide more training to law enforcement officers.
Similar legislation has been filed before by former State Senator Geraldine Thompson but legislation filed by Democrats in the GOP controlled house all face uphill climbs.
“Currently, there is no easily accessible way for victims of child-to-parent cases of domestic violence to find out what resources are available to help them,” said Brown. “It is commonsense that we train our law enforcement officers on how to deal with these situations and we standardize our approach to helping those in need of assistance during a traumatic time for any family.”