Hood: New law targets domestic violence

By The Associated Press

JACKSON — Attorney General Jim Hood says a new bill signed into law by Gov. Haley Barbour makes it a misdemeanor to prevent domestic violence victims from seeking medical treatment or emergency assistance.

Hood says in a news release on Monday the law will give officers more options for levying charges in such situations.

Barbour signed the bill on Thursday. The bill, filed by Sen. David Blount of Jackson, was supported by Hood’s office.

Hood says the bill targets the interference that often occurs when an offender refuses to allow a victim to get treatment for injuries or to call 911.

The bill goes into effect July 1.

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The bill is Senate Bill 2426.