Mom of slain boy backs NH domestic violence bill
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) -- The mother of a 9-year-old boy killed by his father says a bill before the New Hampshire Legislature might not have saved her son's life but will help other families in crisis.
Becky Ranes spoke Tuesday before the Senate Judiciary Committee, which is considering a bill that would reorganize charges commonly applied in domestic violence cases as one crime of domestic violence.
Supporters say the bill doesn't change the substance of the crimes but will help distinguish between instances of domestic violence and violence between non-intimate partners or household members. They argue that making domestic violence a crime will allow the state to collect better data that can be used for prevention, education and intervention.
Ranes' son, Joshua Savyon, was killed in August at a Manchester YWCA during a supervised visit with his father, who also killed himself.