SAVANNA, Sick. – Illinois State Rep. Tony McCombie, R-Savanna, has been appointed to the state’s newly fashioned Home Violence Fatality Evaluation Fee.
“Home violence prevention advocates and legislation enforcement wish to coordinate a extra complete evaluate of home homicides so suggestions may be compiled, reported and put ahead with the aim of adjusting this final result for victims of home violence,” McCombie mentioned when explaining the necessity for the Fee.
McCombie was a cosponsor of the laws creating the Fee, enacted as Public Act 102-520, which handed the Illinois Home and Senate unanimously earlier than being signed into legislation by the Governor in late summer time. The Metropolis of Rockford, in addition to quite a few home violence prevention, sufferer advocacy and behavioral well being organizations, and the Illinois Affiliation of Chiefs of Police backed the invoice as a wanted step to create robust suggestions.
McCombie, a member of the Home Judiciary-Prison Legislation Committee, led the cost to alter state legislation to guard state workers responding to reviews of home violence. Her advocacy stored at forefront the brutal homicide of DCFS caseworker Pam Knight, who was responding to a report of home abuse in opposition to a toddler solely to be crushed herself by the kid’s abuser, Andrew Sucher. Knight later died of her accidents.
“The victims should not alone in struggling the damaging outcomes created by their abusers,” mentioned McCombie. “Our legislation enforcement, little one welfare, public security and public well being officers perceive these damaging outcomes go nicely past the partitions of the houses during which victims are abused. I take severely the duty of placing within the exhausting work to evaluate these circumstances to assist create suggestions and techniques to result in higher outcomes for abuse victims and our communities.”