(June 8) – Gov. John Hickenlooper this afternoon signed a bill by Rep. Millie Hamner, D-Dillon, to create a statewide domestic violence fatality review board to help create policy focused on preventing domestic violence, especially the most serious types of domestic violence.
“This law is focused on saving lives and helping prevent tragedy,” said Rep. Hamner, D-Dillon. “It’s so important to have coordinated efforts across the state to combat domestic violence and figure out ways to support Colorado women and men who are suffering. As domestic violence escalates, it becomes more serious, and as a result, we see more deaths or near deaths. We can do better, and this bill will help us to get there.”
Between 2011 and 2015, at least 196 deaths were reported that resulted from domestic violence. The goal of the legislation is to reduce overall instances of domestic violence by enhancing containment strategies and tools to improve victim safety. SB17-126 creates a statewide Domestic Violence Review Board, tasked with coordinating with local and regional domestic violence review teams to collect data, reviewing and analyzing the data that is produced, and providing effective policy recommendations to the General Assembly.