CHICAGO – Gov. Pat Quinn has signed legislation to protect survivors of domestic violence.
Diane’s Law allows courts to order risk assessment and electronic surveillance of those charged with domestic abuse in order to increase protections for victims of domestic violence.
“We need to help protect victims and prevent future tragedies from occurring,” Quinn said. “The tragic loss of Diane Kephart’s purposeful life left us with further proof that something had to be done to strengthen protection orders. Diane’s Law will help our law enforcement authorities enforce restraining orders and increase penalties for those who commit domestic violence.”
Diane’s Law was written following the murder of Diane Kephart by a former boyfriend on March 15, 2013. Diane was murdered three days after renewing her protective order against an ex-boyfriend.
“I think of mom every day and wonder how much different life could have been if this bill was around a year and a half ago,” Jamie Kephart, daughter of Diane Kephart, said. “I pray that it helps protect victims affected by domestic violence the way it is intended to do. I am so grateful the community recognized the necessity for Diane’s Law.”
House Bill 3744 allows the court to order individuals charged with intimate partner abuse including domestic battery, kidnapping, stalking, harassment and attempted murder to undergo a risk assessment evaluation as a condition of bail. The court may also require GPS monitoring of the defendant to help monitor and enforce restraining orders. The new law is effective Jan. 1.