On Sunday, April 17, 2011, New York State Senator Eric Adams (D- Brooklyn) held a press conference with Assemblywoman Vanessa Gibson and Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries to announce legislation to create a Domestic Violence Offender Registry. The new law will require that the name of anyone convicted of domestic violence be listed in a statewide “Domestic Violence Offender Database.” Individuals would be able to ascertain whether they are associated with persons having prior history of domestic abuse.
Ms. Coit was reportedly murdered during a domestic violence dispute, and Mr. Barrera had been involved in several domestic violence-related incidents in the past. This new bill will call for offenders like Barrera to be listed in a Domestic Violence Offender Registry.
The Database will have the same format as the current Sex Offender Registry used for those convicted of major sex offenses.