Raia: Preventing Domestic Violence Is Top Priority
Assemblyman Andrew Raia (R,C,I,Ref-East Northport) is happy to share the report that was issued by the Assembly Minority Conference’s domestic violence task force regarding the prevention of domestic violence. The Assembly Minority Conference’s report is titled, “A Safe Haven: Helping Abuse Victims and Enhancing Protections.”
“Domestic violence is one of the biggest issues in our society and it is our duty as elected officials to help stop this blatant disregard for people and put an end to domestic violence once and for all. I would like to congratulate my colleagues in the Assembly Minority Conference who have taken the initiative to fight for such a worthy cause and I am honored to stand beside them in this fight,” Raia stated.
A link to the full report can be found here. Some specific recommendations include:
- Foundation of a state-funded training system to promote coordination between prosecutors, administrators and law enforcement 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.
- Creation of a new “Domestic Violence in the Presence of a Child” crime which would carry harsher penalties for the defendant.
- At court discretion, allow extension of order of protection for an additional two- year period after entering on the record the reasoning for such extension.
- Declare domestic violence a statewide public health crisis.
“Domestic violence prevention is a non-partisan issue, and as such, I hope that all legislators, regardless of party, will join the Assembly Minority’s efforts to pass legislation and obtain funding for programs designed to help survivors of relationship violence,” Raia said. “The importance of feeling safe in your own home cannot be overstated; I believe that it is imperative that the Legislature makes it a top priority to focus on the solutions presented by the task force.”