Defining the Problem
Domestic violence abusers in Colorado, who are arrested, have multiple opportunities to participate in treatment. Unfortunately, for some abusive partners no amount of help or counseling will prevent them from harming the people closest to them. For these individuals who use violence as way to control their partners the current law recognizes a need for a heavier penalty upon the 4th domestic violence conviction.
The current statute allowing the fourth misdemeanor domestic violence crime to become a felony is currently not often charged across the state.
We hope to change this with the passage of HB 1066, which clarifies the technical issues within the current habitual domestic violence offender law, to make this a more practical option for charging individual offenders who have not stopped abusing despite having ample opportunities for intervention.