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FL House Bill will provide better protections for child-to-parent abuse

WPEC

Children abusing their parents is now recognized as form of domestic violence under state law, after FL House Bill 1199 passed unamimously in favor of the House of Representatives Wednesday.

The bill will better help victims of child-to-parent abuse.

"I told her this is going to happen, but I don't think that she believed that her biological child would do this," Alice Flowers said.

Flowers still mourns the loss of her sister.

Flowers remembers when her sister, Rosemary Pate did not return her phone calls on that terrible day in 2013.

She later learned Rosemary was murdered in her own home by her own son.

It’s hard for the family to deal with, knowing Rosemary complained about the domestic violence for years starting when her son was just 12-years-old.

"When she would call law enforcement, they didn’t really know what to tell her to do," Flowers said. "She had gone through many many years of abuse,there were no effective available programs to her."

The bill requires law enforcement to have special training on how to handle child-to-parent abuse, have a list of resources ready that police can give parents, and require the state to start tracking child-to-parent abuse as a listed category of domestic abuse.

Flowers hopes change is around the corner to help families in need.

"There's a stigma attached to it when a parent says they cannot control their child," Flowers said.


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