Governor Signs Holden Bill (AB 139) To Help Fund Domestic Violence Shelters

Monday, August 26, 2013

Sacramento – Assemblymember Chris Holden's AB 139 which strengthens penalties that abusers are required to pay to ensure more funding for Domestic Violence Shelters was signed into law by Governor Brown today.

"I am grateful to the Governor for signing this important bill that will help make resources available to women and children fleeing violent situations," said Assemblymember Holden (D-Pasadena). "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."

AB 139 clears up a technicality in order to provide more funds for local domestic violence shelters. The bill stipulates that those convicted of domestic violence must pay a minimum $500 fee – not a fine – after they are granted probation. This clarification is important because it would clear up confusion over the $500 payment and ensure funding for local domestic violence programs.

AB 139 unanimously passed both Houses and received support from domestic violence shelters throughout the state, as well as various women's organizations.

California Partnership to End Domestic Violence worked closely with Holden's office on this legislation. "We are delighted that Governor Brown has signed AB 139," said California Partnership interim executive director Kathy Moore. "This bill will ensure that the Legislature's intent to use these fees to support domestic violence agencies is carried out. We are very grateful to Assemblymember Holden for his leadership on this important issue."

AB 139 goes into effect January 1, 2014.

CONTACT: Wendy Gordon, (626) 351-1917