Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault

Rob worked for five years as an assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney, prosecuting more than 100 cases of domestic abuse.  As a delegate, Rob has fought for the victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. His efforts include his recent work to improve safety for students at Virginia colleges. He has written laws to:

  • Increase amounts available to victims for medical bills and funeral expenses under the Crime Injury Compensation Fund (HB 2773 – 2019)
  • Require CPS investigation where child is left unsupervised with sex offender (HB 511 – 2018)
  • Require that defendant pay court-ordered restitution to victims unless released by court (HB 484 – 2018)
  • Prioritize payment of restitution to victims (HB  2328 – 2017)
  • Increase penalties for violations of protective orders that involve stalking or bodily injury (HB 583 – 2016)
  • Expand Virginia’s stalking law to empower victims to identify when conduct constitutes stalking (HB 752 — 2016)
  • Require offenders listed on Virginia’s sex-offender registry to include work and college addresses (HB 628 – 2016)
  • Require every college campus to report felony sexual assaults to the police or to a Commonwealth’s attorney and to provide services to victims (HB 1930 – 2015)
  • Add violent misdemeanors to the Virginia DNA database (HB 1928 – 2015)
  • Make it illegal to maliciously distribute or send a nude or sexual photograph – “revenge porn” (HB 326 – 2014)
  • Impose a mandatory life sentence for those who rape children (HB 973 – 2012)
  • Expand Virginia’s protective orders law (HB 2063 – 2011)
  • Close loopholes that let child molesters avoid justice (HB 1333 – 2006)
  • Increase penalties for those who secretly videotape children (HB 663 – 2004)
  • Increase penalties for those who sexually abuse the mentally infirm or physically helpless (HB 660 – 2004)

Rob has been repeatedly recognized by for his work:

  • Virginians Aligned Against Sexual Assault – 2002 “Vanguard Special Commendation”
  • Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance – 2009 “Act, Honor, Hope” Award
  • Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance – 2011 “Leadership in Legislation” Award
  • Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance – 2011 “30 Voices for 30 Years” Honoree

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