Domestic Violence

WHAT THE BILL WOULD DO

SB 273 by Sen. Susan Rubio would extend the statute of limitations on domestic violence abuse to five years. It would also make changes to officer training for domestic violence cases.  

WHO SUPPORTS IT?

The California Protective Parents Association, Crime Victims United of California and the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office. To move the bill forward, Rubio had to narrow the proposed extension for the statute of limitations from its initial 20 years to five.

WHO’S OPPOSED?

The California Public Defenders Association and American Civil Liberties Union of California. The Public Defenders Association said extending the statute of limitations could threaten defendants’ rights and weaken the incentive to have swift investigations. They also argued that these resources could be better spent on rehabilitation and public education.

WHY IT MATTERS

Rubio said the goal for this bill is to give survivors more time to deal with their personal struggles and gain the courage to come forward. In 2016, she obtained a restraining order against her then-husband alleging physical abuse.

GOVERNOR’S CALL

Newsom signed the bill into law Oct. 7, 2019.