Monday, June 25, 2012

ARTICLE: Panel OKs domestic violence bill named for slain local woman

TRENTON — A bill crafted after the 2009 slaying of a Toms River woman cleared its first hurdle this week.

Known as “Lisa’s Law,” the legislation is named for Litizia “Lisa” Zindell, who was 30 at the time she was killed. It allows for the electronic monitoring of defendants in domestic violence cases.

Zindell was killed by her ex-fiance the day after his release from jail, despite several restraining order violations.

At the time of her death, the Toms River resident worked as a state Division of Youth and Family Services social worker and was pursuing a second master’s degree.

The Assembly Appropriations Committee approved the bill Monday.

“Lisa Zindell’s tragic loss exposed a weakness in our laws for protecting victims from repeated domestic violence,” said the bill’s primary sponsor, Assemblyman Ronald Dancer, R-Ocean. “Lisa understood the dangers of domestic violence and did everything she could to protect herself, but our laws are not strong enough to keep people safe from depraved abusers who are likely to continue their physical abuse.”

A mirror bill awaits Senate Judiciary Committee approval.

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