Stec Joins Colleagues Unveiling Assembly Minority Task Force on Preventing Domestic Violence Report
Assemblyman Dan Stec (R,C,I-Queensbury) joined his colleagues in the Assembly Minority Conference today to release their task force report on preventing domestic violence. The report is the result of five regional forums held around the state where victims of domestic abuse, advocates, law enforcement and legislators came together to find ways to prevent in-home violence and effectively support those who are victims of domestic abuse.
“I was very happy to play a part in this task force,” said Stec. “Our forums provided victims, advocates and law enforcement the unique ability to meet with legislators and voice their concerns and suggestions. This open discussion and free flow of ideas played a huge part in the crafting of our report and helped us provide the necessary suggestions we believe will combat the problem.”
The Assembly Minority Conference’s report is called A Safe Haven: Helping Abuse Victims and Enhancing Protections.
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.
“Hopefully moving forward this information will be beneficial in drafting legislation as domestic abuse not only affects victims but their children as well,” said Stec. “Any way that we can make their transition process and removal from the home safer and more efficient is a step in the right direction.”
A comprehensive look at the report can be found here.