Drew Carey Endorses Petition for Domestic Violence Reform After Death of Ex-Fiancee Amie Harwick

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Drew Carey attends the 36th annual T.J. Martell Foundation's Honors gala at the Marriott Marquis Times Square on Nov. 3, 2011, in New York City. (Credit: Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)

Drew Carey attends the 36th annual T.J. Martell Foundation’s Honors gala at the Marriott Marquis Times Square on Nov. 3, 2011, in New York City. (Credit: Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)

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An online petition to reform domestic violence laws following the death of Amie Harwick, a prominent marriage and family therapist who authorities allege was attacked by an ex-boyfriend, had attracted more than 16,000 supporters as of Tuesday afternoon — including Harwick’s former fiance, TV star Drew Carey.

Carey endorsed the “Justice 4 Amie” petition on Twitter, asking his more than 600,000 followers to sign and support the effort. The “Price is Right” host had previously said in a statement that he was “overcome with grief” over Harwick’s death.

The proposals outlined in the petition, which is addressed to a cadre of California lawmakers and elected officials, include requiring mandatory in-person, long-term counseling for domestic violence perpetrators, providing accommodations so victims do not have to testify in close proximity to their abusers and establishing a registry, similar to the one in place for sex offenders, “to warn others of the deviant behavior.”

Diana Arias, who started the petition, wrote that “domestic violence is a serious concern for everyone” and Harwick “was murdered as a result of poor laws not protecting the victims and treating the offenders.”

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