Bills proposed to protect Michigan domestic violence victims

Saturday, 11 November 2017, 04:25:16 PM. LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Eight years after leaving her physically abusive husband, Nicole Beverly still fears for her life but also considers herself lucky. When she was being stalked and fled to Canada for two weeks, she did not lose her job. She was allowed to take time off for court hearings. Family and friends helped house her and her two sons. And when her husband located their new address
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Eight years after leaving her physically abusive husband, Nicole Beverly still fears for her life but also considers herself lucky. When she was being stalked and fled to Canada for two weeks, she did not lose her job. She was allowed to take time off for court hearings. Family and friends helped house her and her two sons. And when her husband located their new address through a utility, a landlord let her out of the lease early. Many survivors of domestic violence do not have such support, according to advocates, which is leading Michigan legislators to propose new laws designed to better protect them. Bills introduced this past week would create an address confidentiality program, which supporters say exists in 37 states. Those subject to personal protection orders would have to relinquish their guns. Other measures are aimed at addressing housing- or job-related factors that keep victims with their abusers. "Without an address confidentiality program, I do not feel safe staying in our state," said Beverly, a 44-year-old social worker from Ypsilanti whose ex-husband last month finished a five-year prison term for aggravated stalking. Kevin Beverly, who Nicole said once held a gun to her head, remains incarcerated because the state attorney general has filed new charges related to death threats he allegedly made against her. The bills were in the works before the recent mass shooting at a Texas church. But proponents say the massacre, which...Read more
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