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Gov. Jerry Brown beefs up protection of domestic violence victims

September 25, 2012 |  8:52 am

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Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a group of bills to help victims of domestic violence, including new protections for those who need to break a lease so they can move for safety reasons.

State Sen. Leland Yee (D-San Francisco) authored the lease-related bill, saying its expansion of help for victims of elder abuse and other domestic violence is needed to allow them to seek a safe haven.

“We must do everything possible to ensure survivors of domestic violence and elder abuse are not revictimized,” Yee said of his SB 1403.

The governor also signed a measure that would increase funding for domestic violence programs and shelters. The bill by Assemblywoman Betsy Butler (D-Marina del Rey) raises the minimum fee a judge can charge against those convicted of domestic violence from $400 to $500, with a portion going to domestic violence programs.

 “AB 2094 will help protect the victims of this horrible crime by ensuring that funding for these programs is strengthened and no one is turned away due to a lack of resources,’’ Butler said.

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Photo: Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a group of bills aimed at helping victims of domestic violence. Credit: Mark Boster/Los Angeles Times.

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