DA Ryan in the Community
Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan and Caucus of Women Legislators Host Domestic Violence Briefing
BOSTON- Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan and the Caucus of Women Legislators hosted a domestic violence legislative briefing on Thursday at the Massachusetts State House to present six important domestic violence bills to state legislators and their staff.
Senator Gale Candaras, Co-Chair of the Massachusetts Caucus of Women Legislators, introduced District Attorney Ryan.
District Attorney Ryan spoke at length about the importance of passing these bills, which aim to close gaps in the law, provide additional protection for domestic violence victims, and increase punishments for repeat offenders.
Speaking in support of the legislation were Senator Karen Spilka, Representative Kate Hogan, and Representative Carolyn Dykema. Additional sponsors of the bills, who could not attend the briefing, are Senator Katherine Clark and Senator Cynthia Creem.
During the briefing, which was attended by more than 50 legislators and State House staff, District Attorney Ryan also highlighted the MDAO’s initiatives related to domestic violence prosecution and various prevention programs, such as high risk teams and the Cut It Out program. The MDAO’s High Risk Assessment teams operate throughout Middlesex County work to reduce and prevent domestic violence homicides and hold offenders accountable by refining and tightening relationships between police, courts and community providers. The Cut It Out program is a national model of training salon professionals on signs of domestic violence.
The bills are expected to be heard during a July 9 public hearing at the Massachusetts State House.