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The following bills were passed by the 147th Delaware General Assembly

House Bill (HB) 181

AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 13 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO THE CHILD PROTECTION FROM DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AND SEX OFFENDERS ACT.

This bill adds support proceedings to the Family Court proceedings in which mediation is prohibited. This applies to cases in which one of the parties has been found by a court to have committed an act of domestic violence against the other party or if either party has been ordered to stay away or have no contact with the other party, unless a victim of domestic violence who is represented by counsel requests such mediation.

Primary Sponsor: Representaive Michael Barbieri
Signed by the Governor: June 18, 2014

House Bill (HB) 382

AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 10 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO FAMILY COURT PROTECTIVE ORDERS.

This bill removes the 6-month limitation on the extension of Family Court Protective Orders in circumstances where there has been additional domestic violence since the entry of the original order, a violation of the order has occurred or where the respondent consents or good cause is shown.

Primary Sponsor: Representaive Michael Barbieri
Signed by the Governor: July 24, 2014


The following bills were passed by the 146th Delaware General Assembly

Senate Bill (SB) 200

AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 13 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO THE FATAL INCIDENT REVIEW TEAM.

The Fatal Incident Review Team is a multiagency team that  reviews all deaths and near deaths that occur as a result of domestic violence. This Act reduces the core number of Review Team members from eight to seven, by eliminating the requirement that a representative from the Department of Education serve as a mandatory member of the Fatal Incident Review Team.  The Department of Education would serve in an ad hoc role as needed.

Primary Sponsor:  Senator Patricia Blevins  
Signed by the Governor:  July 5, 2012

Senate Bill (SB) 206 w/ SA2 & HA 1
AN ACT AMENDING TITLE 14 OF THE DELAWARE CODE   RELATING TO SCHOOL TEEN DATING VIOLENCE AND   SEXUAL ASSAULT.

This Bill requires school districts and charter schools to establish a policy on responding to Teen Dating Violence and Sexual Assault, including guidelines on mandatory reporting and confidentiality, a protocol for responding to incidents of Teen Dating Violence and Sexual Assault and training on the issue.  School districts and charter schools shall ensure that comprehensive healthy relationships programming is provided in the student health education programs or related classes.

Primary Sponsor:  Senator Liane Sorenson 
Signed by the Governor:  July 20, 2012

Senate Bill (SB) 28
AN ACT TO AMEND TITLES 11 AND 15 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO ADDRESS CONFIDENTIALITY FOR CERTAIN PERSONS.

This Act will protect the safety of certain victims of violent crime by creating Delaware’s Address Confidentiality Program, which will be administered by the Delaware Department of Justice. The Program will permit victims of domestic violence, stalking and sexual assault, as well as persons participating in Delaware’s Witness Protection Program, to keep their actual address confidential by applying to the Department of Justice for a substitute address to which all mail will be delivered. The Act ensures that Federal, State and local governments, will have access to a program participant’s actual address through a waiver process to be established by the Department of Justice. 
The Act shall take effect on October 3, 2011.

Primary Sponsor: Senator Patricia Blevins
Signed by the Governor: 5/19/2011

House Bill (HB) 106
AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 13 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO THE DOMESTIC VIOLENCE COORDINATING COUNCIL.

These amendments task the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner with sending to the Domestic Violence Coordinating Council a monthly report of the homicides and suicides that occurred in Delaware, to better identify fatal incidents related to domestic violence and adds one additional chair to the Fatal Incident Review Team, increasing the number of co-chairs from two to three.

Primary Sponsor: Representative Michael Barbieri
Signed by the Governor:  June 28, 2011