Victim advocates were out in force as Governor Maggie Hassan ceremonially signed six bills that aim to better protect women and victims of domestic and sexual violence.
The new laws establish domestic violence as a standalone crime, stiffen penalties for human trafficking, and make it easier for victims of rape who become pregnant to terminate the parental rights of the rapist.
They also create a commission to study sexual abuse prevention education in public schools and add pets to the domestic violence protection statute.
Governor Hassan says the new laws reestablish NH as a leader in victim protection.
“All of these bills are common sense measures with bipartisan support, helping to ensure justice and protections for victims and helping to improve the safety of our families and communities.”
All of the new laws will go into effect by January 1.