Ranzenhofer unveils Domestic Violence Act of 2010; Joins effort to strengthen New York’s Domestic Violence laws


    Albany, NY – State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer has voiced his support for the Domestic Violence Act of 2010, a major effort to strengthen State domestic violence laws.

    “The Domestic Violence Act of 2010 finally provides law enforcement officials with the necessary tools to stamp out domestic violence by increasing the penalties for repeat offenders and those who commit the most serious crimes. This a comprehensive effort to strengthen New York State’s porous and ineffective domestic violence laws currently on the books,” said Senator Ranzenhofer. 

    The Domestic Violence Act of 2010 creates Domestic Abuse crimes in the First, Second and Third degrees in the State Penal Law.  Currently, law enforcement officials can only charge for harassment, menacing or third-degree assault in domestic abuse cases.
    The Act requires enhanced monitoring by a GPS tracking device of individuals who have been served with an order of protection.  The tracking device would notify law enforcement officials and the victim when the order of protection had been violated.  The offender would pay for the cost of the equipment and monitoring.

    According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, one in four women will experience domestic violence in their lifetime.  There are more than 400,000 domestic incidents in New York each year.  Fifty percent of all women murdered in New York are killed as a result of domestic violence.

    Senator Ranzenhofer was elected to the New York State Senate in 2008.  He represents the 61st Senate District which includes part of the city of Tonawanda, the Towns of Amherst, Clarence, Newstead and Tonawanda in Erie County and all of Genesee County.