Every order of this court made pursuant to chapter 8.1 of title 8, chapter 15 of title 15, and this chapter, after proper notice and hearing, shall contain the following language:
Terms Used In Rhode Island General Laws 12-29-1.2
- United States: include the several states and the territories of the United States. See Rhode Island General Laws 43-3-8.
“THIS COURT HAD JURISDICTION OVER THE PARTIES AND THE SUBJECT MATTER WHEN IT ISSUED THIS PROTECTIVE ORDER. RESPONDENT WAS AFFORDED BOTH NOTICE AND OPPORTUNITY TO BE HEARD IN THE HEARING THAT GAVE RISE TO THIS ORDER. PURSUANT TO THE VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN ACT OF 1994, 18 USC 2265, THIS ORDER IS VALID AND ENFORCEABLE IN ALL FIFTY STATES, ANY TERRITORY OR POSSESSION OF THE UNITED STATES, THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, THE COMMONWEALTH OF PUERTO RICO AND TRIBAL LANDS.”
(P.L. 1999, ch. 195, § 1; P.L. 2000, ch. 109, § 20.)
(a) The purpose of this chapter is to recognize the importance of violence against the elderly as a serious crime against society and to assure elderly victims of violence the maximum protection from violence which the law and those who enforce the law can provide.
Terms Used In Rhode Island General Laws 12-29.1-2
- Victim: means any elderly person who has been subjected to a crime of violence. See Rhode Island General Laws 12-29.1-3.
(b) It is the intent of the legislature that the official response to cases of crimes of violence against the elderly shall stress the enforcement of the laws to protect the victim and shall communicate the attitude that violent behavior is not excused or tolerated.
(P.L. 1998, ch. 416, § 1.)