SENATE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . No. 2334
The Commonwealth of Massachusetts
In the Year Two Thousand Fourteen
An Act relative to domestic violence.
the deferred operation of this act would tend to defeat its purpose which is to establish forthwith certain provisions against domestic violence, therefore it is hereby declared to be an emergency law, necessary for the immediate preservation of the public safety.
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. Chapter 6 of the General Laws is hereby amended by striking out section 1 116A, as appearing in the 2012 Official Edition, and inserting in place thereof the following 2 section:- 3 Section 116A. (a) The municipal police training committee shall establish, within the 4 recruit basic training curriculum, a course for regional and municipal police training schools for 5 the training of law enforcement officers in the commonwealth in the handling of domestic 6 violence and sexual violence complaints and also shall develop guidelines for law enforcement 7 response to domestic violence and sexual violence. The course of instruction and the guidelines 8 shall stress enforcement of criminal laws in domestic violence and sexual violence situations, 9 availability of civil remedies and community resources and protection of the victim. The course 10 of instruction and guidelines shall also include specific training on adolescent development, 11 trauma and family dynamics. As appropriate, the training presenters shall include domestic 12