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Koster: Improve Protection for MO Domestic Violence Victims

Brett Blume
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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) -  Attorney General Chris Koster was in St. Louis Tuesday morning to launch his campaign for the better protection of domestic violence victims in Missouri.

Koster says it’s time to strengthen those laws and he urged state lawmakers to take action on his proposals during the current legislative session.

Among his ideas — tougher laws for juvenile offenders.

“Teens who are stalked or abused by other teens are often left without recourse,” Koster said during a press conference at the Old Post Office downtown.  “Even though our society fully recognizes that these teens are driving, dating and using technology to communicate at lightning speed.”

He says the state should also adopt a clear definition of what constitutes “domestic violence”, and should automatically extend orders of protection when they expire.

The announcement comes after Koster conducted three meetings across the state last fall to gather information about flaws in the state’s domestic violence laws and system.

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