Assembly members release new report on domestic violence prevention

January 23, 2018 06:00 PM

ALBANY - Dozens of people are killed every year in New York as a result of domestic violence. At the state Capitol on Tuesday, members of the Assembly discussed ways to prevent more lives from being lost.

The report is called: "A Safe Haven: Helping Abuse Victims and Enhancing Protections." It was just released after a series of forms across the state.

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The New York State Office of Preventing Domestic Violence says intimate partner homicides rose some 22-percent from 2015 to 2016.

The Assembly's Minority Conference of Republicans introduced a comprehensive package of bills on how to combat domestic violence for victims of families. It includes a new crime for committing domestic violence in the presence of a child and increasing access to temporary housing for victims of abuse. That abuse can be physical, psychological, even financial.

Another part of the bill talks about a panic button, similar to those Life Alert buttons that senior citizens wear around their neck. Often times when domestic violence occurs in the home, the first thing smashed is a phone.

Police say domestic violence is one of the deadliest things they face – next to a traffic stop.

More information:

'A Safe Haven' domestic violence report


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