Family Violence: Legislative Update Volume 18 is now available. This volume focuses on the 2012 legislative sessions. New legislation represents, for most lawmakers, an effort to address areas of concern, to remedy gaps, and to make the law better respond to the lived realities of domestic violence victims and their children. The 2012 legislative session reflects steadfast focus on enhanced victim safety, increased perpetrator accountability, and ambitious prevention efforts. Many states addressed adolescent partner violence, batterer intervention, child custody and military service, child custody and visitation, protection orders, confidentiality, firearm prohibitions, risk assessment and criminal history checks, victim rights, stalking, and strangulation.