Gov. Hassan Signs Bill Establishing Crime of Domestic Violence

By Joe Gullo

Published 06/19 2014 11:20AM

Updated 06/19 2014 11:21AM

Credit: NH Governor's Office
CONCORD, N.H. - New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan signed a domestic violence bill into law on Thursday. The law was named after Joshua Sayvon who was murdered during a supervised visit with his father. 

A press release says the law will help law enforcement and prosecutors better identify and stop repeat abusers, while providing victims with access to support and protections as early as possible. 

“I'm proud that New Hampshire has finally joined the majority of states in establishing a specific crime of domestic violence," Gov. Hassan said. “Though there is nothing we can do to alleviate her pain, enacting this law in Joshua's memory is an important step forward for the safety of our communities. Becky's advocacy is an inspiration for us all, and I thank her on behalf of the countless families and communities that will be helped by this measure.  

A public ceremonial signing will be held later this summer. 

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