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, including his recent efforts 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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