House OKs Blazejewski bill to help domestic violence victims with expenses
STATE HOUSE – The House today unanimously approved legislation sponsored by Rep. Christopher R. Blazejewski to better assist victims of domestic violence through the state’s Crime Victim Compensation Program.
The legislation (2016-H 7533A) would enhance compensation for victims of domestic violence by raising the cap on relocation expenses from $2,500 to $5,000 and increasing compensation for burial expenses from $8,000 to $10,000. Representative Blazejewski (D-Dist. 2, Providence) introduced the bill in conjunction with General Treasurer Seth Magaziner.
“The purpose of the Crime Victim Compensation Program is to help victims piece their lives back together after a tragedy. In order to do that, the program’s limits must be kept up-to-date to reflect costs today. These new limits will better enable domestic violence victims to relocate to protect themselves and their families from further risk. They will also ensure that families who are already reeling from a very tragic death are not further burdened with unmet funeral and burial expenses. Higher limits that reflect today’s costs will help the program fulfill this important purpose,” said Representative Blazejewski.
The Treasurer’s Office has attested that the Crime Victim Compensation Program’s existing funds are adequate to cover the changes with no additional budget allocation.
For more information, contact:
Meredyth R. Whitty, Publicist
State House Room 20
Providence, RI 02903