Author: CBS 8 Staff, published: 5:41 PM PDT July 31, 2022, Updated: 6:13 AM PDT August 1, 2022
SAN DIEGO — The California senate now has a bill that would dramatically change how domestic violence crimes are reported. Supporters say it would help keep victim's safe, while the critics argue it can only make domestic violence situations more dangerous.
The assembly bill would remove the requirement that a health practitioner must make a report to law enforcement when they suspect a patient has suffered physical injury caused by assault or abusive conduct.
The bill’s co-sponsor, Assembly member Buffy Wicks, tweeted in part, “Research has shown that mandatory reporting to law enforcement can keep survivors of domestic and sexual violence from seeking health care.”
“This is quite outrageous. This bill makes absolutely no sense,” said San Diego County District Attorney Summer Stephan who opposes the bill.
“Imagine a victim arrives stabbed multiple times to the hospital and the doctor cannot report to law enforcement. It’s unfathomable that we will subject our victims to this treatment. How is this going to protect them? They didn’t protect themselves! They didn’t stab themselves,” said Stephan.