Acting Senate President and Democratic Gubernatorial candidate Jeff Kessler (D -- Marshall) announced today that after championing domestic violence issues for many years, a bill beefing up protection for domestic violence victims has been signed into law.
Celena's Law was proposed by a 33-year old woman whose abuser trapped her in her bathroom when she tried to leave him after suffering years of abuse.
"As a former Prosecuting Attorney, I have personally seen the horrifying effects of domestic violence," says Kessler. "I have continually championed legislation to strengthen domestic violence laws and worked this legislative session with both my colleagues in the Senate and House of Delegates to guarantee this legislation became law."
HB 2864 creates a misdemeanor crime of unlawful restraint and when the offender has a present or past domestic relationship with the victim, upon conviction, is subject to the penalties set for the second, third or subsequent criminal act of domestic violence offense.
A loophole in the State's current kidnaping law did not apply for this type of situation. Acting President Kessler vows to continue fighting to help victims of domestic violence and ensure that every person, every second of every day, is safe in their homes and communities.