OKLAHOMA CITY – Gov. Kevin Stitt signed a bill Monday reclassifying several domestic abuse charges as violent crimes.
This includes domestic abuse by strangulation, domestic assault with a dangerous weapon, domestic assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and domestic assault and battery with a deadly weapon, according to the legislation.
“This bill strengthens the protections for Oklahomans who are suffering from domestic violence,” Stitt said in a video on Twitter. “I’m really excited to … turn this into law.”
Advocates have pushed for the reclassification because sentencing and parole considerations differ for violent crimes in the state.
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