Sacramento, CA – Assemblymember Chris Holden's AB 139 which strengthens penalties that abusers are required to pay to ensure more funding for Domestic Violence Shelters was signed into law by Governor Brown today.
"I am grateful to the Governor for signing this important bill that will help make resources available to women and children fleeing violent situations," said Assemblymember Holden (D-Pasadena). "The nation's first modern, women's shelter opened in my district in Pasadena, in 1964 offering a refuge for women who had been physically and emotionally abused. Fully funding domestic violence shelters such as Haven House is critical and provides a safety net for those who live in fear."
AB 139 clears up a technicality in order to provide more funds for local domestic violence shelters. The bill stipulates that those convicted of domestic violence must pay a minimum $500 fee – not a fine – after they are granted probation. This clarification is important because it would clear up confusion over the $500 payment and ensure funding for local domestic violence programs.
AB 139 unanimously passed both Houses and received support from domestic violence shelters throughout the state, as well as various women's organizations.
"The Partnership and all our statewide members are thrilled at the passage of AB 139," said Kathy Moore, the Partnership's interim executive director. "This much-needed legislation will ensure that local domestic violence centers get the funding they need to continue their life-saving work. We thank Assembly Member Holden for his vision and leadership in bringing this bill forward."
AB 139 goes into effect January 1, 2014.