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Anthony M. Bucco

Posted on: January 17, 2024

Bucco Bill to Support Victims of Domestic Violence Becomes Law

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"By signing this potentially life-saving bill into law, we are supporting the rights of domestic violence survivors to better protect themselves from their abuser," said Bucco (R-25). "Police records are a powerful tool that can be used to corroborate testimony in domestic violence cases and help survivors obtain restraining orders. This new law will increase the likelihood that perpetrators of domestic violence will be held accountable for their repulsive actions." 

Key components of A-5285/S-3708 include: 

  • Requiring copies of investigatory law enforcement records, such as photographs, footage from a body- or dash cam, 9-1-1 transcript or recording, and contents of their police report, to be made available upon request to a domestic violence victim or their legal representative;
  • Mandating law enforcement agencies to provide copies of requested records within 10 calendar days of the victim’s request; and
  • Releasing or unsealing expunged records at the request of an individual involved in a complaint related to domestic violence restraining order, weapons forfeiture, or temporary or final extreme risk protective order.

You can read the full version of the bill that was signed into law online. 

 To speak with Sen. Bucco about the legislation, please contact Chris Sivel, SRO Deputy Director of Communications at [email protected]

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