For Immediate Release
April 9, 2015
Rep. Loudenbeck Domestic Violence Bill Signed Into Law
Madison – Yesterday, a bill authored by Representative Amy Loudenbeck (R-Clinton) was signed into law by Governor Scott Walker as 2015 Act 4.
"In a highly mobile, high-tech society, domestic violence victims need to have protection from abusers who are threatening them from other states or undisclosed locations,” said Rep. Loudenbeck.
AB-10, co-authored with Senator Van Wanggaard (R-Racine), will help protect victims who are being abused, harassed or threatened from out of state by clarifying when the court has personal jurisdiction in certain actions for restraining orders or injunctions in cases of domestic abuse, child abuse or harassment.
Patti Seger, executive director of End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin, a key supporter of the legislation said, “A victim’s ability to get a restraining order shouldn’t depend on legal technicalities. This change in the law will create protection that effectively recognizes our increasingly mobile and technological society. We give deep thanks to the sponsors of the legislation, Representative Loudenbeck, Senator Wanggaard, Senator Harsdorf and Representative Jacque. We also thank the survivors of digital abuse who came forward to tell their stories during the legislative process.”