Two New Kansas Laws Help Victims

Two Kansas bills from this past legislative session passed and are effective Kansas law as of July 1, 2019.

Senate Bill 18, known as “Kristin’s Law,” requires all Kansas law enforcement agencies to update their policies to include providing domestic violence victims with information when an arrest is made.

That information includes three parts:

  • the fact that in some cases the person arrested can be released from custody, or imprisonment, in a short amount of time after the arrest;
  • the fact that in some cases a bond condition may be imposed on the person arrested that prohibits the person arrested from contacting the victim for 72 hours, and if the person arrested contacts the victim during that time, the victim should notify law enforcement immediately;
  • any available services within the jurisdiction to monitor custody, or imprisonment, changes of the person being arrested, including, but not limited to, the Kansas Victim Information and Notification Everyday (VINE) service, if available in the jurisdiction.

We thank all the supporters of this bill and especially legislative sponsors Representative Ponka-We Victors of District 103 (Wichita) and Representative Pam Curtis of District 32 (Kansas City).

The second bill, Senate Bill 78, provides new housing protections for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking, and stalking.

The new law protects victims in three ways:

  • from being evicted;
  • from being found in violation of rental agreements;
  • from being denied a rental because of victimization.

A victim of domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking, or stalking may use the protections of this new law as they seek rental housing. Past, present, and imminent danger and abuse situations are all covered by these protections.

Thank you to all the supporters of this bill and especially legislative sponsor Senator Dinah Sykes of District 21 (Lenexa).

The Kansas Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence (KCSDV)’s mission is to prevent and eliminate sexual and domestic violence. Find more information on KCSDV’s website at http://kcsdv.org.

The 24-hour Kansas Crisis Hotline is 888-END-ABUSE (888-363-2287).

Media Contact

Lucca Wang, Communications Coordinator
lwang@kcsdv.org
Office: 785-232-9784 Extension 335
Mobile: 785-633-6648

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