2012-03-30 / Top Stories

Titus Supports Domestic Violence Bills


Assemblywoman Michelle Titus Assemblywoman Michelle Titus Assemblywoman Michele Titus announced that she helped pass and cosponsored several measures to provide more assistance and increase protections for victims of domestic violence. Additionally, the Assembly passed a resolution urging the New York State congressional delegation to reauthorize the federal Violence Against Women Act (K.920).

“We have a duty to help protect victims of domestic violence – whether the abuse is physical or psychological – by enacting laws that reduce the incidence of domestic abuse and protect the rights of victims,” Titus said. “This legislation strengthens the law to help provide a support system and make resources available to victims of domestic violence during a devastating time.”

According to a recent study, one in four women has experienced domestic violence, nearly three out of four people personally know someone who is or has been a victim of domestic violence, and three women on average are murdered each day by their intimate partners. Here in New York State, 450,000 incidents of domestic vio- lence are reported each year.

“Victims of domestic violence experience physical pain, emotional trauma and financial hardships that can be especially severe since these crimes are committed by someone with whom the victim has a close, often intimate, personal relationship,” Titus said. “It is vital that we enact laws to ensure that victims of domestic violence have access to the assistance necessary to rebuild their lives.”

Some of the Assembly’s package of bills would:  prohibit housing discrimination against domestic violence victims by forbidding landlords and property sellers from denying an individual the right to purchase, rent, lease or inhabit housing because they are victims of domestic violence (A.9024);  establish the felony crime of aggravated family offense when a person has committed a specified domestic violence offense and has been convicted of one or more domestic violence offenses within the past five years

(A.1986-B);  require orders of protection issued in family court to be translated into the native language of the individuals involved (A.6113-

A);  extend the maximum amount of days victims of domestic violence may stay in residential programs from 135 days to 180 days ensuring additional time for them to secure permanent housing

(A.2651-A).

“This package of bills stands up for domestic violence victims by helping make sure they have better protections in place and the quality aftercare they deserve,” the Assemblywoman said. “The legislation also sends a strong message to domestic violence offenders: New York State takes this crime very seriously and it won’t be tolerated here.”

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