Domestic Violence Law Changes

Care Lodge Domestic Violence Shelter Tuesday hosted a training session for area law enforcement officers, aimed at keeping them up-to-date with changes in the law. Executive director Leslie Payne said the most recent change affected mandatory arrests.

"The way the law was written they were going in and arresting both the victim and the perpetrator," said Payne. "And with the language of 'principal aggressor' involved now, they go in and can arrest just the principal aggressor."

"If an arrest is made that arrest is going to affect that subject for the rest of his life," said Capt. Keith McCary of the Meridian Police Department. "We want to make sure it's correct. We also want to protect the rights of the victim."

A conviction for domestic violence not only prevents that person from being able to possess a weapon, but also precludes him or her from serving in the armed forces and holding some other jobs.