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Andrade Supports Legislation to Assist Domestic Abuse Victims Transition to New Housing

Jun 19, 2015

CHICAGO – Working to strengthen protections for victims of domestic abuse, state Rep. Jaime Andrade, D-Chicago, supported legislation that reduces the financial burden that victims of domestic abuse face in order to move into a safer environment.

“Too often victims of domestic abuse do not receive the help and assistance they need and remain in unsafe environments,” Andrade said. “We must proactively work to protect the safety of victims of domestic of abuse and ensure they are able to secure safer living arrangements.”

The legislation, Senate Bill 1645, gives victims of domestic violence an extra 60 days to pay their initial deposit on their public utility bills when moving into a new residence. The bill passed both the House and Senate and awaits signature by the governor.

“Financial hardship is one of the top reasons that victims of domestic abuse are not able to leave unsafe environments and this bill will help lower the costs for victims of domestic abuse to relocate and get out of harm’s way,” Andrade said. “I will continue to work with law enforcement, community groups, and victims of domestic abuse, to develop legislation that protects victims of domestic abuse and helps keep our communities safe.”