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Gov. Tom Wolf signs domestic violence bill into law

Gov. Tom Wolf signed Tierne's Law Monday. The bill strengthens protections for domestic violence victims. (Govnernor's Office)

HARRISBURG,Pa. - Gov. Tom Wolf signed Tierne's Law Monday. The bill strengthens protections for domestic violence victims.

The law is named after Tierne Ewing, who was murdered by her estranged husband in 2016 after he had been arrested for domestic abuse, then released.

"Tierne's Law will help us prevent senseless and horrible situations like this one from happening to more Pennsylvania families, and will hold perpetrators of domestic violence and abuse accountable for their heinous crimes," said Wolf.

Tierne's Law will allow judges to use risk assessment tools when setting bail in domestic abuse cases.

The law also adds strangulation to the list of offenses where police can arrest a perpetrator without a warrant when the offense is committed against a family member or someone in their household.

At the bill signing, Wolf also pushed for more domestic violence bills to be passed.

“But there is more to be done, so I urge the House to pass a package of domestic bills, which were approved overwhelmingly in the Senate, including Senate Bill 501, which would fix an arcane law that allows domestic abusers to have access to guns," said the governor.

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