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HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 1325         FILED ON: 1/16/2013

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 1320

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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PRESENTED BY:

Linda Dorcena Forry

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To the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in General
              Court assembled:

              The undersigned legislators and/or citizens respectfully petition for the adoption of the accompanying bill:

An Act relative to improving training for child advocates to recognize indictors of domestic violence.

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PETITION OF:

 

Name:

District/Address:

Linda Dorcena Forry

12th Suffolk

Kathi-Anne Reinstein

16th Suffolk

Cory Atkins

14th Middlesex

Denise Provost

27th Middlesex

Daniel B. Winslow

9th Norfolk


HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 1325        FILED ON: 1/16/2013

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 1320

By Ms. Forry of Boston, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 1320) of Linda Dorcena Forry and others relative to improving training for child advocates to recognize indictors of domestic violence.  The Judiciary. 


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts
 

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In the Year Two Thousand Thirteen

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An Act relative to improving training for child advocates to recognize indictors of domestic violence.
 

              Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:
 

              SECTION 1. Section 56a of Chapter 215 of the General laws as appearing in the 2006 Official edition, is hereby amended by inserting, in line 7, after the word “attorney.” the following words: - All child custody cases referred to a guardian ad litem will require a domestic violence screening assessment in which a judge shall cause a search to be made of the records contained within the statewide domestic violence record keeping system, maintained by the office of the commissioner of probation, and shall review the resulting data to determine whether the parties have a civil or criminal record involving domestic violence prior to a decision rendered.

              All appointed guardian ad litems will be required to have completed a minimum of 24 hours of professional development training for certification, and at least 8 hours of training on the indicators of domestic violence from an approved domestic violence organization.

              Formal complaints of the competency of an appointed Guardian ad Litem can be filed in motion to a judge in camera. -:

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