Governor Parson has signed into law a bill that will let domestic violence victims ask for a lifetime protection order against their abusers. If a judge grants the victims a lifetime order, the victims will not have to face their abuser in court each year. Colleen Coble is the CEO of the Missouri Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence. She says the bill is going to bring the state’s order of protection law more in line with the experiences and needs of survivors of domestic violence, stalking, and sexual assault.
The bill, sponsored by Senator Elaine Gannon of eastern Missouri’s De Soto, can also add pets to an order of protection.