The Children and Domestic Violence Committee brings together representatives from the Department of Services for Children, Youth and their Families (DSCYF), the General Assembly, Family Court, the Department of Justice, law enforcement, advocates and community partners together to examine services and system gaps for children experiencing domestic violence.
Teen Dating and Same Sex Violence Legislation (10 Del.C § 1041)
This landmark legislation (SB 57) made PFAs available to same sex and dating couples insubstantive relationships, expanding the option of a PFA to many who needed its protection.
Child Witnessing Legislation
The legislation (SB 33) strengthened Delaware’s Endangering the Welfare of a Child statute (11 Del.C § 1102) by qualifying that children can witness acts of domestic violence by sight as well as sound. Children do not need to see the crime to be significantly impacted by it.