LAWMAKERS HEAR IMPASSIONED PLEAS TO REVISIT VICTIM COMPENSATION LAW
By Colin A. Young
STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE
STATE HOUSE, BOSTON, SEPT. 13, 2017.....Mothers who lost sons to violence and were denied state assistance to bury their children pleaded with the Judiciary Committee on Tuesday to change the state's victim compensation statute so other families don't have to go through the pain they said they experienced.
"Many families are re-traumatized when they are eventually denied by Victim Compensation because of a clause in the state statute that requires a family's claim be reduced or denied in the event their loved one 'contributed to' their own death," the Louis D. Brown Peace Institute said. "When families are denied Victim Compensation, they're punished for their loved one's actions."
State law says the attorney general's office "shall reduce or deny an award" if "the victim's acts or conduct provoked or contributed to the injuries."
Already a subscriber? Login to continue reading...
Get the Rest of the Story!
State House News Service subscribers include media outlets, corporations, non-profits and law offices of every size. You may request a free 21-day trial of the News Service for your company by submitting the form below.
If you are already a subscriber and need access to SHNS, please send an email to email@example.com or call 617-722-2439.
Note to political campaigns: We do not accept trial requests from campaigns from June 24 through Election Day. However, we would be happy to start a pre-paid subscription for your campaign (except for constitutional offices, congressional offices and statewide campaigns) at a deeply-discounted rate of $22/week, paid through the election. Simply email Virginia Cummings to set up this subscription; she'll send you further instructions.