Law enforcement and social service providers are praising Nebraska's new comprehensive legislative assault on domestic violence, reports the Omaha World-Herald. A law taking effect today effect today classifies as a separate crime an assault on a spouse or other intimate partner, helping prosecutors obtain enhanced penalties for repeat abusers. Marty Conboy, Omaha city prosecutor, said that, "It sends a message that Nebraska has a new view of the severity of this crime." In the past, police agencies across the state handled domestic violence differently. There was no consistent record keeping that could automatically identify a batterer. Now . . .
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