Issues: Domestic Violence

Health Fair 2015

Senator Dilan is partnering with the Lindsay Park Housing Corp and community healthcare providers for a Health Fair in celebration of the Lindsay Park co-ops 50th anniversary.

This Saturday, August 29, 2015, from 12  pm to 4 pm, in the complex parking lot, 202 Union Ave., between 30 Montrose Avenue (Building 1) and 25 Boerum Street (Building 2).

Health information, screenings, and much more for the entire family!

August 29, 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM


(Middletown, NY)-Senator Bonacic is pleased to announce that he has secured $50,000 for Safe Homes of Orange County to be used for programs that prevent domestic violence or aid victims of domestic violence in Orange County. Safe Homes of Orange County is a private, not-for-profit agency established in 1986 to provide comprehensive and confidential domestic violence services to victims and their families.

July 28, 2015

Senator Gallivan Announces Funding to Support Public Safety

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma) announced he has secured additional state funding to support various public safety initiatives throughout the 59th Senate District. The aid is being provided to community based agencies, police departments and fire companies to maintain existing programs and to purchase new equipment or technology upgrades for law enforcement and emergency services.

July 27, 2015

Ortt Announces $54,000 for the YWCA of the Niagara Frontier

Senator Says Funds Will Help Victims of Rape and Sexual and Domestic Violence

LOCKPORT – State Senator Rob Ortt (R,C,I – North Tonawanda) today announced he succeeded in securing a total of $54,000 in state funding to help victims of domestic violence, sexual violence and rape throughout Niagara County. The money will go toward various services and programs offered through the YWCA of the Niagara Frontier in Lockport and North Tonawanda. Of the dedicated funds, $29,000 will be set aside for rape crisis services to assist victims of sexual assault and strengthen prevention efforts. The additional $25,000 will be used for the organization’s domestic violence services and programs.

July 14, 2015


(Middletown, NY)- Senator Bonacic is pleased to announce that he has secured $61,000 for Rape Crisis Services in Orange County, a program administered by the Mental Health Association (MHA) of Orange County. The mission of MHA is to promote the mental health and emotional well being of Orange County residents.

July 10, 2015

Hoylman Hails Passage of His Legislation to Require Translation of Domestic Violence Complaints

Bill introduced in response to tragic death of Deisy Garcia, whose domestic incident reports languished because they were written in Spanish  

June 26, 2015

Statement: Senator Rob Ortt Sums up Session as it Comes to a Close

“I’ve seen the best and the worst of government throughout my first legislative session. There have been true victories for the people of New York. We prioritized Upstate through billion dollar investments in education, infrastructure, economic development programs, energy, and agriculture. We increased critical services to veterans returning from combat, children without adequate health care, women subjected to rape and domestic violence, victims of mental illness, and individuals and families affected by disabilities. Stricter measures against drug dealers and sex offenders will keep our families and communities safe.

June 18, 2015

Keeping College Campuses Safe: Griffo joins Senate in passing bill to protect students from sexual assaults

ALBANY – Senator Joseph Griffo joined the New York State Senate today in passing crucial legislation that would help protect students against sexual violence on college campuses.

June 17, 2015

Senators Klein, Espaillat & Peralta balance NYCHA application process for homeless domestic violence victims

Senate passes bill granting homeless domestic violence victims the same preference status as granted to homeless New Yorkers

Albany, NY— State Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) today passed legislation creating equal priority for homeless domestic violence victims and their children applying for apartments in the New York City Housing Authority. Shockingly, homeless victims of abuse classify as second priority, while homeless New Yorkers rank first priority.

May 28, 2015

Local Family, Officials Call For Action To Honor The Life of a Domestic Violence Survivor

“Domestic Violence Protection Act – Brittany’s Law” will protect others from becoming victims


ALBANY – If a violent offender registry had been in place, perhaps Shannon Pepper would be alive today. Shannon, the victim of the most brutal domestic violence attack in Cattaraugus County history, tragically died in an accidental fire this past February. Her abuser, Anthony Nevone, had a prior record which he hid from Shannon.


Linda Randolph, the mother of Shannon Pepper; Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean) and Assemblyman Joseph Giglio (R,I,C-Gowanda) joined the family of murder victims at the Capitol today to call on the state Assembly to act on the “Domestic Violence Protection Act – Brittany’s Law.”


May 18, 2015

Brittany’s Law Seeks to Create Registry of Violent Offenders

Senator Ortt Co-Sponsors Bill Named for Central New York Girl Murdered in 2009


A bill co-sponsored by State Senator Rob Ortt (R,C,I – North Tonawanda) would help protect community members from violent crime and domestic abuse crimes by providing them access to vital information. The New York State Senate today passed “The Domestic Violence Protection Act,” commonly known as “Brittany’s Law,” which would create a public registry of convicted violent felons.


May 18, 2015

Senate Passes Bill to Create a Registry of Violent Offenders

The New York State Senate today approved The Domestic Violence Protection Act –Brittany’s Law, a bill that would increase the safety and awareness of communities by increasing access to information about convicted violent felons.

May 18, 2015

Senator Young's Legisaltion Passed To Provide Further Protections for Victims of Domestic Violence

Legislation will allow domestic violence victims to testify via close-circuit television

ALBANY – According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics’ National Crime Victimization Survey, only about 48 percent of all violent victimizations are reported to police. Today, the state Senate passed legislation, authored by Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I- Olean), that will provide stronger protections for victims of domestic violence in order to encourage them to report their abuse to the authorities.

“Every nine seconds a woman in the United States is assaulted or beaten and according to studies 84 percent of women visiting hospital emergency rooms for domestic violence were injured by their intimate partners,” said Senator Young.

May 13, 2015

Protect Our Kids: Senator Kennedy Announces Legislation to Streamline CPS Passes Out of Committee, Ready for Consideration of Full Senate

Kennedy-sponsored Legislation Designed to Streamline CPS Gains Momentum in Albany, Passes Through Key Committee

Bill Allows Doctors, Nurses and Law Enforcement to Bypass Abuse Hotline, Report Child Maltreatment Directly to CPS

BUFFALO, NY – As Senator Tim Kennedy (D-Buffalo) continues his push to improve Child Protective Services in Western New York and across New York State, he announced new progress today on a key reform to further streamline the process for reporting child abuse. Kennedy helped an important bill that improves the coordination between medical personnel and Child Protective Services workers secure approval from the Senate Finance Committee, which moves it toward a vote before the full Senate. 

April 29, 2015


Senator Bonacic met with representatives from Safe Homes of Orange County today in his Albany office. They were in Albany to discuss issues and legislation that concerns individuals and families affected by domestic violence.

Pictured L-R are, Saishree Rao, Kellyann Kostyal-Larrier, Executive Director of Safe Homes of Orange County and Cynthia Hernandez.

April 28, 2015

Senate to Celebrate Earth Week With a Package of Bills to Protect the Environment, Increase Green Jobs, and Boost Recreation

The New York State Senate will be celebrating Earth Week by acting upon an extensive package of 27 bills that would create new protections for natural resources, promote energy conservation, help create green jobs, and increase tourism through enhanced recreational opportunities. Senate Majority Leader Dean G.

April 20, 2015

Kennedy Announces Senate Passage of Bill Designed to Increase Confidentiality Within Child Fatality Reports

Kennedy: Legislation Helps Create Greater Report Transparency, While Maintaining Family Privacy 

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Senator Tim Kennedy (D-Buffalo) announced today the passage of legislation which amends the social services law in order to increase the confidentiality of families named in child fatality reports. If enacted, the law would require local social services departments to make sure any comments made in the report protect the confidentiality of the deceased child, the child’s family and the source of the report.  In the past, concerns have been voiced about state officials not releasing fatality reports due to an inability to redact these identities and other sensitive case information.

February 2, 2015

Join My Women’s Equality Now! Campaign

Please join our Women’s Equality Now! campaign to help get the State Assembly to pass this landmark package of bills without delay.

Let’s tell the Assembly leadership that women throughout our State have waited long enough!

January 16, 2015

Senator Gallivan Announces Senate Passes Bills to Protect and Enhance Women's Rights

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma) announces the New York State Senate has passed eight pieces of legislation as part of the Senate’s Women’s Equality Agenda, enhancing the rights of women while protecting from abuse and discrimination.  The bills, which Senator Gallivan co-sponsored, would ensure equal pay for equal work; combat sexual harassment on the job; end gender discrimination in employment, housing and credit decisions; strengthen laws against human trafficking, make reasonable work accommodations for pregnant women and better protect victims of domestic violence.

January 13, 2015

Young Joins Colleagues To Pass Landmark Legislation Ensuring Women's Equality

Senate’s Women’s Equality Agenda Includes Senator Young’s Bill Allowing Domestic Violence Victims to File for Temporary Orders of Protection Electronically
ALBANY – Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I- Olean) today joined her colleagues in the Senate to unanimously pass an historic package of legislation known as the Women’s Equality Agenda.

January 12, 2015
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