The legislation strengthens penalties that abusers must pay to ensure more shelter funding, according to a news release.
“I am grateful to the Governor for signing this important bill that will help make resources available to women and children fleeing violent situations,” Holden said in a statement.
“The nation’s first modern, women's shelter opened in my district in Pasadena, in 1964 offering a refuge for women who had been physically and emotionally abused. Fully funding domestic violence shelters such as Haven House is critical and provides a safety net for those who live in fear.”
Under Assembly Bill 139, those convicted of domestic violence are mandated to pay a minimum $500 fee, not a fine, after they are granted probation, according to Holden.
The bill was needed for clear up confusion related to the $500 payment and ensure funding for domestic violence programs, he said. It goes into effect Jan. 1.
The legislation passed both Houses unanimously and received support from various domestic shelters and women's organizations statewide.
“The Partnership and all our statewide members are thrilled at the passage of AB 139,” said Kathy Moore, the Partnership’s interim executive director. “This much-need legislation will ensure that local domestic violence centers get the funding they need to continue their life-saving work. We thank Assembly Member Holden for his vision and leadership in bringing this bill forward.”