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Wednesday, March 21, 2012 - 2:41pm

Domestic Violence Bill Heads To Governor

Updated: 2 years ago.
The Senate passed a bill Wednesday that could require domestic violence victims to testify against their spouses, Current law allows them to claim spousal privilege. (Instagram photo: Sasha Horne)

Victims of domestic violence could be required to testify against their spouses under new legislation that's headed to the governor's desk.

Under the current law, victims of domestic violence can claim spousal privilege, meaning they can't be forced to testify against their spouse in court.

This measure would eliminate that clause.

Opponents of the bill say spouses shouldn't be forced to testify against one another.

But supporters like Senator Renee Unterman a Republican from Buford says when she was mayor she often encountered domestic violence victims.

She says, other circumstances including battered women's syndrome sometimes cause victims to return to bad situation

" I could cry, they could cry but less than two hours later they would go back home and I knew the situation they were going back to."

The bill now heads the governor for his consideration after passing both the house and the senate with no amendments added.

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