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Several MCADSV priority bills received broad, bipartisan support and advanced during April. This included legislation to increase housing rights for domestic and sexual violence victims by allowing them to terminate leases—a measure that was passed unanimously by the Missouri Senate and was ad... Read More
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Lawmakers need to hear from you. Look up your Missouri state Senator and Representative; share your personal experience and concerns with them. Title IX is a big part of how universities protect students and keep victims in college. House Bill 573 and its companion, Senate Bill 259, propose to impl... Read More
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Several MCADSV priority bills gained momentum and support during March, and the Fiscal Year 2020 state budget passed the House with no funding reductions in grant programs for domestic and sexual violence services. Two long-sought measures advanced during the month when committees passed bills that ... Read More
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Lawmakers need to hear from you. Look up your Missouri state Senator; share your story and concerns with them. Survivors deserve a compromise. Changes in Missouri child custody and visitation laws in the 2016 legislative session created new guidelines for shared parenting yet the legislature did ... Read More
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Lawmakers who are voting for bills that set a presumption for 50/50 shared parenting time in all custody cases are not looking with 20/20 vision at the negative impact on victims of domestic violence and their children. MCADSV opposes these bills; HCS House Bill 1667, House Bill 2591 and SCS Senate ... Read More
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Our collective advocacy led to a historic moment for MCADSV – a unanimous committee vote to pass a domestic violence firearm bill. For more than 20 years, MCADSV has supported replicating the federal firearm prohibitions for domestic violence offenders into state law yet the legislation was me... Read More
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Three bills making their way through the state legislature would require schools offering sexuality education to incorporate information about consent, sexual harassment and sexual violence in course materials. Currently, schools that teach sex education are required to teach students eight guidelin... Read More
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The month of January is National Stalking Awareness Month. Stalking is a common tactic used by domestic and sexual violence perpetrators to intimidate and control their victims, and can often escalate over time. According to the Stalking Resource Center, over 7.5 million people are stalked each year... Read More
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Legislation passed in 2017 by the Missouri General Assembly and signed into law by Gov. Eric Greitens took effect August 28. MCADSV's publication, New 2017 Missouri Law, details the provisions in different areas of law most of interest to advocates working to prevent and end domestic violence, sexua... Read More
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After passing the fewest number of bills in almost 20 years, the Missouri General Assembly adjourned its 2017 legislative session on Friday, May 12. Only 54 bills, six resolutions and the Fiscal Year 2018 state budget bills were “truly agreed and finally passed” by Missouri lawmakers... Read More
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