The brand new Georgian legislation gives extra safety towards home violence


Rep. Yasmin Neal’s Legislation on the Protection of Victims of Domestic Violence has been signed into law

ATLANTA – State Representative Yasmin Neal (D-Jonesboro) recently announced that Governor Brian Kemp recently signed House Bill 236. HB 236 is sponsored by Rep. Neal and is designed to provide additional protection to victims who have been granted temporary protection.

“Thank you, Governor Kemp, and many others on this journey of non-partisanship,” said Rep. Neal. “It is my honor and humility that every single member of the House and Senate, Democrats and Republicans, has supported my bill. It’s a great day for victims, victim rights and proactive actions related to public safety. I look forward to working on good legislation sooner rather than later and moving forward with some of my other initiatives. We still have more work to do. “

Under House Bill 236, when a temporary protection order is issued to alleviate domestic violence, the petitioner can request regular security clearance with local law enforcement officers. These security clearances include observations of the outside of the petitioner’s residence and the presence of an official near the petitioner’s residence. To request these security clearances, a petitioner must provide a copy of the temporary protection order to his local law enforcement agency. The requested security clearances take a total of 60 days and the frequency of security clearances is at the discretion of the local police department. Before the 60-day period expires, the petitioner can withdraw his application or the local police authority may determine that the petitioner does not appear to need any more security clearances.

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Representative Yasmin Neal represents the citizens of District 74, which also includes parts of Clayton County. She was elected to the House of Representatives in 2020 and is currently a member of the committees on economic development and tourism, juvenile criminal law, public security and homeland security.