Hawley advances legislative solutions to deal with domestic violence
As a result of a series of statewide regional forums hosted by members of the Assembly Republican Conference, Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) today spoke at a press conference in Albany on legislative solutions to combat domestic violence. The full report and all its recommendations have been made public.
“Domestic violence is a grave issue that has irrevocable consequences for families and society as a whole,” Hawley said. “I had the opportunity to host one of our conference’s forums in Batavia, and the testimony and information we received was both concerning and valuable.
"This is a complex issue, but after talking with law enforcement, advocates, victims and those on the frontlines around the state, I believe these recommendations will go very far in preventing domestic violence and helping victims feel safe again.”
Some of the recommendations outlined in the report include:
- Providing financial assistance and relief to victims seeking alternative housing or living in a shelter to escape their abuse;
- Declaring domestic violence a statewide public health crisis;
- Creation of a new “Domestic Violence in the Presence of a Child” crime with harsher penalties for abusers;
- Allowing domestic violence victims to obtain emergency panic buttons through local law enforcement or social services; and
- Freeing up law enforcement to arrest more abusers and keep victims safe.