State Rep Calls for Domestic Violence Registry

A pair of bills from Representative Jason Villalba targets domestic violence repeat offenders.

One bill would create a public database of what he called ‘serial abusers.’

“These are people that have committed domestic violence offenses more than two times, three and above,” Villalba told KTSA News. “There is no registry now where the general public can go and easily discern who has been convicted of these types of crimes quickly.”

His other bill would increase the punishment for offenders convicted more than twice.

“Under current statute, the third conviction is a third degree felony, which could mean anything from a fine to a slap on the wrist to some probation,” he said. “Under a second degree felony that we (are asking for), you are going to go to prison for at least two years.”

He thinks it’ll keep people on the straight and narrow.

“We think that if you are serial abuser you must face the consequences of your actions,” he said.

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