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60-3101. Citation and construction of act. (a) K.S.A. 60-3101 through 60-3111, and amendments thereto, shall be known and may be cited as the protection from abuse act.

(b) This act shall be liberally construed to promote the protection of victims of domestic violence from bodily injury or threats of bodily injury and to facilitate access to judicial protection for the victims, whether represented by counsel or proceeding pro se.

History: L. 1979, ch. 92, § 1; L. 1987, ch. 228, § 1; July 1.

Law Review and Bar Journal References:

"What Every Lawyer Should Know About Crime Victims' Rights in Kansas," Suzanne Valdez, 80 J.K.B.A. No. 10, 32 (2011).

Attorney General's Opinions:

Protection from abuse act; "abuse" defined. 91-74.

CASE ANNOTATIONS

1. Proof required by petitioner to obtain injunctive relief from prospective injury examined. Sampel v. Balberni, 20 K.A.2d 527, 529, 889 P.2d 804 (1995).

2. Issue of when parental discipline constitutes child abuse considered. Barnett v. Barnett, 24 K.A.2d 342, 354, 945 P.2d 870 (1997).

3. Standard for acts of physical abuse is broader in determining fitness to work in a child care facility than under freedom from abuse act involving appellant's own child. Sokol v. Kansas Dept. of SRS, 267 K. 740, 981 P.2d 1172 (1999).

4. Cited in upholding constitutionality of CINC; safeguards against arbitrary enforcement listed. In re A.F., 38 K.A.2d 773, 776, 172 P.3d 66 (2007).

5. Cited; protection from abuse order against defendant, no clear error found in admitting evidence thereof. State v. Jones, 40 K.A.2d 1146, 1155, 201 P.3d 710 (2009).


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