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Advocates against domestic violence fight for "Divorce Bill"

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

The Mississippi Coalition Against Domestic Violence is scolding lawmakers who let a bill fail, a bill that would have helped victims of abuse divorce their spouses.  

 “We think legislators really need to get a clue,” said Cassandra Welchlin, Director of MS Women's Economic Security Initiative.

They are upset Senate Bill 2814, known as the "divorce bill," failed.

“We don't need another woman to die on our watch," added Welchlin. "Mississippi doesn't need another woman to die on our watch.

The Mississippi Coalition Against Domestic Violence agrees. "No one should have to stay in an abusive relationship. 

Coalition Members held a news conference Wednesday to express how shocked and sadden they were this serious issue is being overlooked in the state.

“Domestic Violence takes many forms, it's not just physical abuse," said coalition Board President Sandra Morrison. "It's mental, emotional, financial, it's sexual and the list goes on and on.” 

 Currently, the state recognizes 12 grounds for a divorce including unfaithfulness, mental illness and drug and alcohol addictions.  These advocates are now devising a plan in hopes of encouraging lawmakers to vote yes to adding domestic violence to that list next time around.

“We are coming up with new language and getting our senators who supported this and introduced this before the session with us again,” said Morrison.

“They have daughters, they have wives and they came from a woman," added Welchlin. "They need to make sure that it is safe for our daughters and for our women.” 

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