Bristol County DA praises domestic violence bill

Jennifer Martel knew her murderer well.

He was the father of her child and a batterer freshly released from jail the day before he killed her.

Legislators from both branches on Beacon Hill passed a domestic violence bill late Thursday night.

House Speaker Robert DeLeo has said the Taunton High School graduate’s killing helped inspire the bill.

The legislation creates new crimes for domestic assault and strangulation. It also grants victims 15 days leave from work for counseling or medical attention.

If signed by Gov. Deval Patrick, those arrested on domestic violence charges will now be held in custody for a six-hour “cooling off” period.

Read More: Taunton Daily Gazette


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