CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - Gov. Maggie Hassan has signed a new law named after 9-year-old Joshua Savyon who was killed by his father in a case of domestic violence.
Hassan signed Joshua's Law in a private ceremony Thursday attended by the boy's mother, Becky Ranes. The domestic violence bill was introduced following the Joshua's death. He was shot to death by his father last year as the two spent time together at a Manchester YWCA. His father also killed himself.
The bill doesn't change the substance of the crimes but will help distinguish an assault that occurred in a bar fight, for example, from one that involves an attack on a spouse. Making domestic violence a crime will allow the state to collect better data that can be used for prevention, education and intervention.
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