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Legal Professionals, Advocates Discuss Amanda's Law

The attorneys, law-enforcement officers and advocates who make up the Louisville Metro Domestic Violence Prevention Coordinating Council met today met Thursday to discuss Amanda's Law.The law took effect last week. It's meant to better protect domestic abuse victims. Among other things, it allows for GPS tracking of certain accused abusers and extends the time limit for serving protective orders after abuse is reported.The council's meeting was held so the attendees could learn more about enforcing and following the law. Council co-chair Carol Cobb says this and future meetings not only help enforcement, but can uncover gaps in the law that need to be addressed."I think the more we talk, inter-agency-wise, the better prepared we're going to be to fine-tune this law so victims will be protected," she says.Cobb says she didn't see any shortcomings in the law at first, but legislation is often fine-tuned over the years as problems emerge.

Gabe Bullard is the director of news and editorial strategy.