FINAL BILL REPORT
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C 110 L 19
Synopsis as Enacted
Brief Description: Concerning traumatic brain injuries in domestic violence cases.
Sponsors: House Committee on Public Safety (originally sponsored by Representatives Mosbrucker, Pettigrew, Dye, Goodman, Griffey, Walsh, Eslick, Corry, Graham, Kraft, Appleton, Senn, Shea, Stanford, Valdez, Kloba, Leavitt and Macri).
House Committee on Public Safety
House Committee on Appropriations
Senate Committee on Law & Justice
Law Enforcement Training and Response to Domestic Violence.
The Criminal Justice Training Commission (CJTC) provides basic law enforcement training through the Basic Law Enforcement Academy (BLEA). The BLEA consists of a 720-hour program covering a wide variety of subjects. The basic law enforcement curriculum must include at least 20 hours of basic training instruction on law enforcement response to domestic violence. In addition, the CJTC must maintain an in-service training program to familiarize law enforcement officers with domestic violence laws.
Officers responding to domestic violence calls must advise victims of all reasonable means to prevent further abuse, including advising as to available shelters or other local services and giving immediate notice of legal rights and available remedies. As part of providing the required notice, the officer must give the victim a standardized statement detailing victim rights.
Washington Traumatic Brain Injury Strategic Partnership Advisory Council.
The Washington Traumatic Brain Injury Strategic Partnership Advisory Council (TBI Advisory Council) was established in 2007 to advise the Governor, the Legislature, and the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) on issues related to TBI. Represented on the TBI Advisory Council are: tribes; TBI nonprofits; medical professionals; social workers and others with experience working with adults and children with TBI; rehabilitation specialists; individuals and family members of individuals with TBI; members of the public with experience in the causes of TBI; and government agencies. The TBI Advisory Council is responsible for collaborating with the DSHS to develop and revise a comprehensive statewide plan to address the needs of individuals with TBI, among other duties.
The DSHS, in consultation with the TBI Advisory Council, at least one representative of a community-based domestic violence program, and one medical professional with experience treating survivors of domestic violence, must develop recommendations to improve the statewide response to TBI suffered by domestic violence survivors. In developing recommendations, the DSHS may consider the creation of an educational handout regarding TBI for distribution to victims of domestic violence. The DSHS, in consultation with the TBI Advisory Council, must establish and recommend or develop content for a statewide website for victims of domestic violence. The website must include:
an explanation of the potential for domestic abuse to lead to TBI;
information on recognizing cognitive, behavioral, and physical symptoms of TBI, and potential impacts to a person's emotional well-being and mental health;
a self-screening tool for TBI; and
recommendations for persons with TBI to address or cope with the injury.
The DSHS must update the website and the educational handout, if created, on a periodic basis.
The domestic violence component of the basic law enforcement curriculum must include curriculum focused on understanding the risks of TBI posed by domestic violence. Officers responding to domestic violence incidents are encouraged to inform victims that information on TBI can be found on the statewide website developed by the DSHS and the TBI Advisory Council.
Votes on Final Passage:
July 28, 2019