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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."


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