(WLNS) – Emily Kollaritsch is one survivor of many of a domestic partner relationship.
“My Freshman year I was in a really violent relationship and it became so hard to leave,” Emily says. “The abuse became so normal that I just started not to question anymore; I would dissociate all the time in order to deal with it all and trying to leave him was terrifying.”
It is stories like Emily’s that six Michigan Lawmakers held a press conference Thursday, to discuss bills being introduced to fight domestic violence.
“Today I am very excited to be standing here with my colleagues both Republican and Democrat in a bipartisan stance to actually do something about domestic violence,” State Rep. Harvey Santana of Detroit says.
The bills introduced will work to fight domestic violence within the state including the prevention of parental rights to the abuser if a child is born, keeping victims safe and bringing justice to abusers.
“This will give more power to the victims of domestic violence to protect their privacy, families and their assets,” State Rep. Kurt Heise of the 20th House District says. “It also gives judges and prosecutors more ability to go after the perpetrators.”
If the bills pass the six lawmakers plan to make a change within the state to improve the quality of life for Michigan residents.
If you or someone you know are in a domestic violence situation you can call the National Domestic Hotline at 1-800-799-7233 or for immediate assistance dial 9-1-1.