The Divorce Bill Goes into Law!

DV Advocates from around the state join Governor Phil Bryant as he signs SB2680 into law, strengthening domestic abuse provisions for divorce.


On May 9, 2017, Governor Phil Bryant signed SB2680 into law, strengthening domestic abuse provisions for divorce. Previously, a victim of domestic violence had to prove repeated physical abuse at the hands of his/her spouse to qualify for the “habitual cruel and inhuman treatment” grounds for divorce. Now the law is amended to define spousal abuse to include one incidence of physical, emotional, verbal, sexual abuse, or stalking.


Also compared to the previous version of the law, a victim no longer needs to have a witness to testify of the abuse in court. Often, the only witness to abuse is the victim or the victim’s child. The victim may act as his/her own witness now, saving children from being re-victimized by having to relive traumatic moments in front of a court and testifying against someone that they may love.


Click here to learn about how MS domestic violence reform law has evolved over the years.

If you’re Abused, viewing this website could place you in danger. Please take these simple steps to protect yourself. Computer use can be monitored and is impossible to completely clear. If you are afraid your internet and/or computer usage might be monitored, please use a safer computer, and/or call the MS Coalition Against Domestic Violence at 1-800-898-3234 or the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 800-799-SAFE (7233). To immediately leave our site and redirect to a different site, click the purple banner at the top or bottom of our website. Please test this feature RIGHT NOW to make sure that it works properly and that you are familiar with its function.
Click on the browser
you are currently using:
Calendar of Events
Resources
Legal Notice
This website is intended to provide general information only and is not to be considered legal advice in any manner. If you, a friend, or a family member are experiencing a crime of domestic violence, it is imperative that you contact the authorities and also seek legal advice through an attorney who will be able to represent your interests regarding the legal issues contained herein.

Domestic violence is a crime that not only impacts women. Men can be victims of violence at the hands of women. Violence also occurs between individuals of the same gender. However, for ease of written conversation on this website, the batterer will be referred to as “he” and the victim as “she.”
Copyright © Mississippi Coalition Against Domestic Violence. 2013 | Sitemap
Custom website design by thinkWEBSTORE.com