ATTORNEY GENERAL THURBERT BAKER PROMOTES LEGISLATION TO CURB DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
“Family violence” crimes include assault and battery between past or present spouses, persons who are parents of the same child, parents and children, stepparents and stepchildren, foster parents and foster children, or other persons living or formerly living in the same household. The bill also provides for longer sentences when the victims of family violence are 65 years of age or older.
Baker, who has made the fight against domestic violence a priority of his since his appointment as Attorney General in June of 1997, urged Atlanta citizens to let their legislators know just how they feel about this issue. “If we truly want to do something about the evils of domestic violence, it is critical that this legislation pass. Call or write your representatives today and tell them you expect them to support the “Crimes Against Family Members Act of 1998.”