Domestic violence bill becomes law in Maine

April 5, 2013

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A domestic violence bill boosting access to batterer intervention programs in Maine has been signed into law by Gov. Paul LePage.

Sen. Emily Cain of Orono introduced the bill on behalf of LePage after the state supreme court upheld the dismissal of mandated attendance in an intervention program as part of probation for a man convicted of domestic violence. The deputy chief district court judge had ruled that it was wrong that the requirement applied only to men, not women.

The new standards approved by the Legislature are gender neutral.

Cain said batterer intervention programs are effective and will be available to all perpetrators of domestic violence. As an emergency measure, the law will take effect immediately.