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Three new laws address domestic abuse and victim safety issues


MADISON, Wis. (WSAU) -- The Governor signed three new laws Wednesday designed to help stop domestic violence. 

Assembly Bills 464 and 176 and Senate Bill 160 combine to solve several problems under old law. This package creates a process for the surrender of firearms when a judge has issued a restraining order. Under old law, there was no clear procedure for the surrender or return of firearms.

The new law also makes stalking behavior a basis for obtaining a temporary restraining order and bars all contact with alleged victims when an order is in place.

Police officers now have to provide victims of domestic violence an overview of their legal options and information about local victim service organizations. The changes also allow information sharing between law enforcement agencies and the Wisconsin Department of Justice.

The new laws were authored by Senators Jerry Petrowski, Representative Garey Bies, and Representative Andre Jacque.