Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105
For Immediate Release: March 15, 2011
Sen. Don Barrington
Bill to protect victims of domestic violence awaits House consideration
The Senate unanimously approved legislation last week to better
protect citizens from domestic violence. Senate Bill 447 would require
a court to schedule a full hearing on a protective order petition
within 14 days of the filing rather than twenty, which is current
“One of our most important jobs in the Legislature is to
ensure the safety of our citizens. Oklahoma has one of the highest
rates of death from domestic violence in the nation, so obviously
our domestic violence laws aren’t strong enough,” said
Barrington, R-Lawton. “My bill will help speed up the court
process ensuring that victims of this type of abuse get the protection
they need sooner.”
The bill would also allow the court to consider the safety of
any and all alleged victims that are subject to the protection of
the order prior to the court determining whether to set a reasonable
bond pending a hearing of the alleged violation of the order.
The bill was requested by one of Barrington’s constituents
whose daughter was fatally wounded by her husband after she filed
a restraining order against him.
In 2009, there was over 25,000 reports of domestic violence in
the state, an increase of just over 14 percent since 2000 according
to the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation. The Oklahoma Domestic
Violence Fatality Review Board reported that there were 88 domestic
violence deaths and 37 Intimate Partner Violence homicides that
year. A Victim Protection Order existed in 24 percent of the Intimate
Partner cases. Nearly 70 percent of the perpetrators had a history
of committing domestic violence.
SB 447 is now awaiting consideration in a House committee.
For more information contact:
Sen. Barrington: (405) 521-5563