Palumbo Shows Support for Minority Task Force Report on Preventing Domestic Violence
(From left to right )Assemblyman Michael Montesano (R,C,Ref-Glen Head), Assemblyman David DiPietro (R,C,I-East Aurora), Assemblyman Anthony Palumbo (R,C,I,Ref-New Suffolk), Assemblyman Brian Curran (Lynbrook-21st AD), and Assemblyman Dean Murry (R,C,I-East Patchogue) at the Preventing Domestic Violence Press Conference in Albany today.
Assemblyman Anthony Palumbo (R,C,I,Ref-New Suffolk) joined his colleagues today in the fight against domestic abuse as they unveiled a task force report on preventing domestic violence. The report is a result of five regional forums held around the state where law enforcement, victims, advocates and legislators came together to present ideas and solutions in an attempt to combat domestic violence in New York State.
“I am very proud of the proposed legislation that was presented today,” said Palumbo. “Domestic abuse is a problem that can unfortunately be found all over New York and in all classes of life. This is a public safety concern, and as legislators we need to do all we can to keep our citizens safe. I think that our findings and report are a wonderful step in the right direction toward combating this issue.”
Main recommendations from the report include, but are not limited to:
- Declare domestic violence as a statewide public health crisis.
- Provide funding to cover the housing needs of those seeking shelter from their abusers.
- Arrange for reimbursement for each person these shelters assist with the aim to maintain a high degree of individualized care and assistance.
- Create a state-funded training system to promote coordination between law enforcement, prosecutors and administrators with the goal of providing seamless assistance to victims and greater understanding of their personal situation.
- Arrange funds to help negate the cost of living expenses victims suffer while seeking help to distance themselves from their abuser.
- Create a new law making domestic violence in the presence of a child a much more severe offense.
“As an assistant district attorney, I have seen the results of domestic violence on the front lines, and we need to provide greater services for those seeking assistance. It takes great courage to come forward, and once a complaint is made many victims lives are completely uprooted. We must acknowledge their pitfalls and make the necessary changes to protect these victims during this critical time of need. I hope to see this legislation get some traction in the coming months. This is an issue both sides of the aisle can get behind. I truly hope the governor and Assembly Majority will review our report and consider our suggestions.”
A comprehensive look at the report can be found here.