(1) Notwithstanding any other statute of limitations specified in this article 80, or any other provision of law that can be construed to reduce the statutory period set forth in this section, any civil action to recover damages caused by an act of domestic violence, as defined in section 14-10-124(1.3)(a) , must be commenced within six years after a disability has been removed for a person under disability, as such term is defined in subsection (2) of this section, or within six years after a cause of action accrues, whichever occurs later, and not thereafter; except that in no event may any such civil action be commenced more than twenty years after the cause of action accrues.
(2)(a) For the purpose of this section, “person under disability” means any person who:
(I) Has a behavioral or mental health disorder; an intellectual and developmental disability, as defined in section 25.5-10-202(26) ; or a traumatic brain injury, as defined in section 26-1-301(3) ; and
(II) Is psychologically or emotionally unable to acknowledge the act of domestic violence and the resulting harm that is the basis of the civil action.
(b) For the purpose of this section, where the plaintiff is a victim of a series of domestic violence offenses, the plaintiff need not establish which act of a series of acts caused the plaintiff's injury, and the statute of limitations set forth in this section commences with the last in the series of acts, subject to the provisions of this section regarding disability.
(c) A person under disability has the burden of proving that:
(I) The act of domestic violence that is the basis of the civil action occurred; and
(II) He or she was psychologically or emotionally unable to acknowledge the act of domestic violence and the resulting harm.
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