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California Governor Signs Bill to Help Victims of Domestic Violence Safely Move

California Governor Jerry Brown recently signed a bill which would allow victims of domestic violence to break a lease in order to find a safer place to live. The state had laws in place which allowed domestic violence victims to terminate a residential lease, however those laws were set to expire at the end of 2015. San Francisco Assemblyman David Chiu brought Assembly Bill 418 to the table in an effort to make it easier to terminate a lease without filing a police report or obtaining a restraining order, and to make these laws permanent.

Chiu noted that the presence of a residential lease should not prevent the victim of domestic violence from leaving a dangerous situation. This new law will allow victims of domestic violence to simply obtain a written statement from a qualified advocate, skipping the judicial system and police when they fear such notifications could lead to increased violence. A significant portion of those who are victims of domestic violence may also be hindered by the complexities of the judicial system as well as cultural and language barriers. Chiu’s bill reduces the victim’s obligation to pay remaining rent payments from 30 days to 14 days.

Those who are falsely accused of domestic violence – may find themselves suddenly out of a lease, their apartment, and their home. While victims of domestic violence should rightfully seek to protect themselves, men and women that are falsely accused of domestic violence need someone on their side to protect their rights during this difficult legal process.

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