After the tragic death of NeShante’ Davis and her 2-year Chloe this past February outside their Fort Washington apartment building, I promised the family their loss would not be in vain. I promised to do my best to see that something positive would come out of such a tragic event. As a result, last Thursday, Governor Hogan signed into law SB 1143, the Neshante’ and Chloe Davis Domestic Violence Prevention Task Force.
SB 1143 will allow stakeholders from across the state to join forces to study the effectiveness of current intervention strategies and explore new strategies for ‘intervention before escalation’ of such violence.
Unfortunately, there have been several domestic violence incidents since the deaths of NeShante’ and 2-year old Chloe, and several of these tragedies have occurred in Prince George’s County. Other victims include Tareeka Jones and Jalisa Walls-Harris (March 2016) and Gladys Tordil (May 2016).
As a community, we’re going to have to work hard to address the tough issues that are tearing families apart. It is my hope that SB 1143 will bring advocates and experts from across the state around the table so that together, we can figure out how to address the problem.
Also, I want to take this opportunity to remind you that in preparation for the 2017 General Assembly session, I welcome your ideas about potential legislation that you wish to see enacted for the good of the citizens of our district, county and state. As always, feel free to contact my office at 301-858-3092 and or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss your ideas and share any concerns.