The Kansas Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence expressed their support for a newly introduced bill that would help victims of domestic violence be more informed about their protection after a domestic incident.
The bill would require police to provide information to victims about the timing of their abuser’s release from custody when an arrest is made.
Sara Rust-Martin with the KCSDV said this will help victims make more informed decisions to keep themselves safe.
“What we’ve seen in some of the homicides across the state is that victims were making decisions that they thought were safe, but they ended up not being safe,” said Rust-Martin. “That was because they weren’t given the information by the system they needed to make those safe decisions.”
Rust-Martin said they also encourage victims to ask officers about protection orders after the arrest to help them decide how to move forward.