Governor Scott Walker signed several new bills into law this week which grant greater protection for domestic violence victims.
One law- called the TraJa Act- was named after Tracy Judd and her daughter Deja who were murdered in a domestic violence incident in Madison in 2009. This law makes a third domestic violence conviction within 10 years a felony and gives judges the ability to impose harsher penalties on repeat domestic violence offenders. It also expands the definition of a repeat offender as someone who commits domestic violence within 72 hours of a prior domestic violence arrest. Another bill which was signed also allows judges to treat committing an act of domestic violence in front of a child as an aggravating factor during sentencing.
Gov. Walker also signed into law a measure which allows victims of domestic violence and stalking to keep a name change confidential. Current law requires that public notice be published prior to a name change.
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