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Ark. lawmaker focuses on domestic violence

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A state legislator says that to counter domestic violence, there needs to be something more than a protective order to keep an abusive person from hurting someone.

Representative Dawn Creekmore of Hensley says she will work next month in the legislative session to get support to strengthen the state's domestic-violence laws. Creekmore says her proposals will include making repeated violation of a protective order a felony, making choking someone a felony, and doing away with the statute of limitations for rape and first-degree sexual assault.

Currently, repeat violation of a protective order is a misdemeanor. Creekmore says her proposal would make the third violation a felony. She also says that choking someone often is the first physical act in domestic-battery case. Her proposal would make it a felony, punishable by three to 10 years in prison.

According to the FBI, 23 women in Arkansas were murdered in domestic-related assaults in 2006. From 2000 to 2005, the state figure was 116 women, an average of 19.3 per year.            

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