Judiciary Committee overwhelmingly passes Jennifers' Law; heads to full state Senate
The Connecticut Judiciary Committee overwhelmingly voted to advance a domestic violence bill Thursday named in part for Jennifer Dulos.
Jennifers' Law aims to redefine domestic violence to include nonphysical forms of abuse known as coercive control like gaslighting, isolation, blackmail, financial abuse and threats to take away children.
Jennifer Dulos disappeared almost two years ago after dropping her children off at school in New Canaan and hasn't been seen since.
Jennifers' Law would also require courts to prioritize the safety of children in all cases involving domestic violence allegations.
Sen. Alex Kasser, who represents New Canaan, initially proposed the bill.
Jennifer's estranged husband, Fotis Dulos, was at the center of the disappearance and murder investigation before he committed suicide.
The bill is also named after Jennifer Magnano, a Terryville mother who was killed by her ex-husband in 2007.
Kasser recently changed the apostrophe in the title of the bill to reflect that.
During last month's public hearing, many domestic violence victims testified - including actress Evan Rachel Wood.
The bill now heads to the full state Senate.