HARRISBURG – The PA Senate approved a bill that would allow expert witnesses in cases of domestic violence and human trafficking. Senate Bill 1170 would amend the Judicial Code to permit the Commonwealth to call expert witnesses in such court cases in order to provide a clearer picture of the crime and how it impacts victims and affects their behavior. The state judicial code currently allows expert witnesses to testify in cases of sexual violence about the dynamics of the crime, the victim’s response, and the impact of sexual violence on victims both during and after the assault. In 2019, 112 victims lost their lives to domestic violence in PA. Human trafficking is the second-largest criminal enterprise in the world and it has taken root in our state. In 2018, 275 human trafficking cases were reported in the Commonwealth.