A bill sponsored by District 45 State Representative Kamia Brown, that would provide support for the victims of child to parent abuse is heading the Governor Rick Scott’s desk after passing in both the State Senate and State House of Representatives.
HB1199 would 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 receive training concerning child-to-parent cases.
Similar legislation has been attempted in recent years but has been unsuccessful until now. Fellow Orlando lawmaker, Victor Torres the filed companion legislation in the State Senate.
“I am beyond excited to have worked with so many members on both sides of the aisle to finally bring needed resources to the victims of these terrible crimes,” said Kamia Brown. “Child-to-parent domestic abuse cases are too often overlooked and left in the shadows and this legislation will bring this issue the attention it deserves.”