Missouri House Gives Initial Approval to Letting Domestic Violence Victims get Lifetime Orders of Protection

Current Missouri law allows orders of protection for one year – potentially forcing domestic violence victims to repeatedly return to court and face their abuser. The Missouri House has given initial approval to a bill that would allow the victims to get a lifetime order of protection. Representative Lane Roberts of southwest Missouri’s Joplin is sponsoring the legislation.

Representative Tracy McCreery, a Democrat from St. Louis County, successfully added a piece to the bill that would also add pets to orders of protection. One more vote in favor of the bill would send the measure to the Senate.