ANCHORAGE – Governor Bill Walker signed Bree’s Law into statute today at the Anchorage Native Primary Care Center. Members of the Legislature, healthcare professionals from around Alaska, the bill’s sponsor, Rep. Harriet Drummond, and the bill’s fiercest advocates, Cindy and Butch Moore, joined in the signing ceremony for HB 214.
The bill’s namesake is 20-year-old Bree Moore, who was murdered in Anchorage in June 2014 by her boyfriend. Since her death, her parents have worked to get legislation passed to create statewide educational curriculum about dating and domestic violence to protect Alaska’s young people.
HB 214 creates standardized training for every school in Alaska to teach students how to recognize, prevent, and leave abusive or violent relationships. It designates February as a month of awareness for dating and domestic violence.
The bill cements Bree’s legacy not as a victim, but as a force for protection and support for young Alaskans. [xyz-ihs snippet=”Adversal-468×60″]
“We have an opportunity to help young Alaskans benefit from a lifetime of strong and healthy relationships,” Governor Bill Walker said. “No one should experience violence from a partner or loved one because they don’t recognize they’re at risk, or because they don’t have support to leave. Bree’s Law creates a framework to help.”