Issues: Domestic Violence

Senator Klein, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr. and and the Bronx Chamber of Commerce Honor First Graduates of Bronx H.I.R.E. Survivors Program

BRONX, NY – State Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester), Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr, and Bronx Chamber of Commerce executives celebrated the graduation of the first class of women enrolled in the Bronx H.I.R.E. Domestic Violence Survivors Job Readiness and Internship Program Thursday. The graduation marks the first step in securing domestic violence survivors good jobs that will lead them on a path to financial independence.

November 20, 2014
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SENATOR LANZA ANNOUNCES FUNDING TO PREVENT DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

Senator Andrew Lanza today announced New York is receiving more than $4.3 million for programs that serve domestic violence victims across the state. The funding is provided through the Federal Family Violence Prevention and Services Act, which supports the establishment, maintenance, and expansion of programs to prevent domestic violence. It also provides immediate shelter and support services for all victims of domestic violence and their children, as well as specialized services for underserved populations throughout the state.

October 20, 2014
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Griffo Secures $10,000 to Address Domestic Violence in Lewis County

LOWVILLE - Sen. Joseph A. Griffo today announced that he has secured $10,000 for Lewis County Opportunities to use toward services that directly help victims of domestic violence.

"During Domestic Violence Awareness Month, it's important that we recognize agencies that are helping victims by giving them the tools they need to regain control of their lives," said Griffo, R-Rome. "Lewis County Opportunities provides confidential help free of charge and, in doing so, have become an indispensible community resource."

October 20, 2014
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Senator Serrano Hosts Episode of "Represent NYC" Discussing Domestic Violence on MNN1

(New York, NY)-  Senator Serrano hosted an episode of "Represent NYC," a weekly program produced by Manhattan Neighborhood Network (MNN), that gives local elected officials the opportunity to update the community about the issues that shape our city.

October 19, 2014
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Working to aid the many victims of domestic abuse

As reported by the Queens Chronicle: 

BY STATE SENATOR JOSE PERALTA

Every 15 seconds, a woman in the United States is battered.

That adds up to more than 16,000 homicides and more than two million medically treated injuries due to intimate partner violence each year in this country.

Domestic violence is an epidemic affecting individuals in every community, regardless of economic status, race, educational background or age. We see that in front-page headlines about athletes and entertainers either being violent or victimized.

And we see it in a study of New York high school students, for example, that found that 16 percent had already experienced sexual violence at some point in their young lives. Among those who dated, more than half had experienced some form of physical violence from their partners.

For full article, click here.

October 17, 2014
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Senator Griffo's Weekly Column #36: Tips for Addressing Domestic Violence

Recent national headlines have put a spotlight on a growing menace to society’s well-being: domestic violence.

Sadly, our area is not immune. Last year, police agencies in the counties I represent – Oneida, Lewis and St. Lawrence – reported 2,308 victims of domestic violence. The overwhelming majority involved physical abuse.

Domestic violence impacts every demographic: women and men; young and old; poor and rich; rural and city. It rips apart families and the emotional scars left behind never heal as fast as the physical wounds.

October 16, 2014
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Statement From State Senator Jose Peralta On NYCHA’s Handling Of Domestic Violence Victims’ Petitions For Emergency Housing

“Published reports and a City Council hearing today are shining a long overdue light on NYCHA’s broken system for providing emergency shelter to victims of domestic violence.

“It is a travesty to require women to risk their lives to produce the paperwork needed to qualify for emergency housing—and then not provide that housing.

“The expansion of the list of crimes that would not require a second documented instance of abuse is a welcome change, but more needs to be done to protect those who are unable to go to the police in the first place.”

 “I have introduced a bill that would enable domestic violence victims to be considered for emergency NYCHA housing without having to first contact authorities and put themselves in danger of retribution from their batterers.

“What my bill can’t do is make NYCHA cut wait times of as long as 10 years.  That is something NYCHA needs to address.

 “The many advocates for domestic violence victims who support my bill do so because  the lack of safe, affordable, permanent housing is one of the biggest impediments victims face in their effort to escape an abusive environment.  NYCHA has taken a small first step toward cutting red tape for victims, but much, much more needs to be done to fix the system.”

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October 14, 2014
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October Marks Domestic Violence Awareness

October is also National Domestic Violence Awareness Month Domestic violence is a crime that rips apart the very fabric of families.  It can afflict every segment of society and knows no economic, ethnic or geographic boundaries.  During National Domestic Violence Awareness Month,  we are encouraged to not only acknowledge the progress made in reducing these shameful crimes, but to also recognize that more work must be done.

October 10, 2014
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State Senator Jeff Klein, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr and the Bronx Chamber of Commerce launch Bronx H.I.R.E. Survivors Program to pair Domestic Violence Victims with Jobs

BRONX, NY – Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester), Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. and Bronx Chamber of Commerce executives announced the Bronx H.I.R.E. Domestic Violence Survivors Job Readiness and Internship Program Wednesday, a new job training initiative that will lead victims of domestic violence on a path to financial independence.

October 1, 2014
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Governor Cuomo Signs Senator Tim Kennedy’s Legislation to Improve Statewide Child Abuse Hotline

Legislation Sponsored By Senator Kennedy Will Improve State Central Register Of Child Abuse By Enacting Strong Requirements For Tracking Of Repeat Reports. 

September 24, 2014
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Seward Secures Grant Funds To Aid Domestic Violence Victims

ONEONTA, 09/03/14 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) announced today that $75,000 in grant funds he secured will go to local domestic violence programs.

“These community programs provide vital services for those in dire need, who often have nowhere else to turn,” said Senator Seward.  “The U.S. Surgeon General has identified domestic violence as the number one health problem affecting American women.  We are fortunate to have so many local organizations providing help to vulnerable individuals, and I am pleased to assist them in their efforts to make our communities safer.”

The funding was set aside in the 2014-2015 state budget.

September 3, 2014
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Senator Kennedy, Crisis Services Deliver Petition Calling for Funding Restoration

Vital Agency that has Served WNY Since 1968 is Confronting Potentially Unprecedented Loss of Funding for Critical Programs that Support Victims of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault.

Funding Cuts Would Negatively Impact Over 8,000 Local Victims of Violent Crime.

Thousands Sign Petition to Stop Potential Funding Loss Facing Crisis Services.

September 2, 2014
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Crisis Services Facing Potential Funding Crisis After Ill-Advised Cuts Imposed by State Bureaucracy; Senator Kennedy Leads Push to Reverse Decision

Critical Local Agency that has Served WNY Since 1968 is Confronting Potentially Unprecedented Loss of Funding for Important Programs that Support Victims of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault.

Funding Cuts Would Negatively Impact Over 8,000 Local Victims of Violent Crime.

Kennedy Launches Online Petition Drive to Build Community Support Behind Push to Restore Funding for Crisis Services.

August 13, 2014
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Petition to Protect Crisis Services

Crisis Services and Senator Tim Kennedy are asking our community to come together to fight a potentially devasting loss of funding for victim support services in Western New York. With your support, Kennedy and Crisis Services hope to reverse a decision made within the the bureaucracy of the Office of Victim Services (OVS) to dramatically reduce funding for Crisis Services. 

August 13, 2014
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Governor Cuomo Signs Jackie's Law, Authored by Senator Kennedy and Assemblywoman Peoples-Stokes, to Crack Down on GPS Stalking and Domestic Violence

ALBANY, N.Y. (July 23, 2014) – Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today signed legislation, authored by Senator Tim Kennedy and Assemblywoman Crystal Peoples-Stokes, that strengthens state law to protect New Yorkers from domestic violence and GPS stalking. This critically important legislation was prompted by the tragic death of Jackie Wisniewski, and is widely known as Jackie’s Law. The new law will crack down on GPS stalking by updating New York State’s stalking statutes to allow law enforcement to pursue criminal charges against those who use GPS or other electronic tracking devices to stalk their victims.

July 23, 2014
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Kennedy, Peoples-Stokes, Wisniewski Family Call for GPS Stalking Bill, Known as Jackie’s Law, to be Signed into Law

Legislation Prompted by Jackie Wisniewski’s Story Now Awaits Governor’s Signature to Become Law.

Prior to her death, Jackie found a GPS device installed on her car, tracking her whereabouts. Legislation passed by Kennedy and Peoples-Stokes updates NY’s stalking laws to crackdown on GPS stalking.

This legislation aims to combat domestic violence – in 2012 over 6,300 Erie County residents became victims of domestic violence, and over 4,000 of those victims were women.

July 17, 2014
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Legislative Notebook: State Initiatives of Interest to Veterans

Here is a partial listing of bills I have supported this session to aid New York’s former servicemen and servicewomen. These initiatives will now go to Governor Cuomo for final action.

-- Legislation I co-sponsored was passed by both houses (S.7839, first introduced as S.4714)) to extend the Military Service Credit Law of 2000 to all veterans who have served in the military. Right now, public employees who served in the armed forces may purchase up to three years of pension credit only if their military service occurred during specified conflicts. This measure will expand this opportunity to public employee veterans who also served their country in peacetime.

June 26, 2014
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Senator Zeldin Strengthens Protections for Victims of Sexual Violence

June 16, 2014

For Immediate Release

Contact: Kara Cumoletti (518) 455-3570 cumolett@nysenate.gov

 

June 16, 2014
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Senator Parker Interviews Gwen Wright, Executive Director, NYS Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo appointed Gwen Wright as the Executive Director of the state’s Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence in September 2013. 

Ms. Wright had been with the agency for 20 years at the time of her appointment, serving in many capacities, most recently as Director of Human Services and Prevention.

Senator Parker interviews Ms. Wright on the office's services, latest initiatives and how her office can form coalitions to further prevent domestic violence or support victims.

For more information, visit www.OPDV.ny.gov, or call 518-457-5800.

 

 

May 29, 2014
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