By NORMA LOVE
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - New Hampshire's Senate has voted unanimously to pass legislation to establish a separate crime of domestic violence and name it after a 9-year-old boy killed in August.
The Senate also passed a bill Thursday allowing courts to limit parental visits to supervised visitation centers that use metal detectors and have trained security staff on site.
The domestic violence bill was introduced following the death of 9-year-old Joshua Savyon, who was killed in August at a Manchester YWCA during a supervised visit with his father, who also killed himself.
Joshua's mother, Becky Ranes, watched Thursday's vote from the Senate gallery.
Gov. Maggie Hassan hugged Ranes afterward. She has called "Joshua's Law" a common-sense measure to help law enforcement and prosecutors better identify and stop repeat abusers.
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