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K00920 Summary:

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K00920 Text:

Senate Resolution No. 3490
        URGING the New York State Congressional delegation
        to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)
  WHEREAS, Intimate partner violence, also known as domestic violence,
is a serious public health epidemic; and
  WHEREAS,  This  violence,  which  includes domestic violence, sexual
assault or stalking occurs every day across this nation  and  throughout
New York State; and
  WHEREAS,  This  violence  manifests  itself  in emotional, physical,
mental, sexual, and economic abuses; and
  WHEREAS,  Annually,  the  economic  impact  of   domestic   violence
nationwide is approximately $8 billion; and
  WHEREAS,  This  abuse negatively affects victims and their children;
  WHEREAS, Domestic violence also has an impact on our  neighborhoods,
our communities and our State; and
  WHEREAS,  In a pioneering attempt to attend to such violence and its
aftermath, in 1994 the federal Violence Against  Women  Act  (VAWA)  was
first authorized; and
  WHEREAS,  According  to  a  Congressional  Research  Service  Report
entitled "Violence Against Women Act: History and Federal Funding", VAWA
emphasizes funding of law enforcement efforts as well as educational and
social programs to prevent crime; and
  WHEREAS, The report further explains  VAWA  funding  is  focused  on
helping  state,  local  and  Indian tribal governments to strengthen law
enforcement; and
  WHEREAS, In New York State, VAWA grants have been awarded for direct
services provided by district attorneys, police departments, courts  and
victim services organizations; and
  WHEREAS,  According to the New York State Coalition Against Domestic
Violence, most local domestic violence programs receive funding  through
VAWA grants; and
  WHEREAS,   Despite  improvements  in  services  to  combat  domestic
violence, sexual assault and stalking, New York State continues to  need
such funding; and
  WHEREAS, According to the Annual Report of the New York State Office
of  Children  and  Family  Services,  local  domestic  violence programs
answered over 185,000 phone calls last  year,  and  served  over  47,000
individuals   and   families   with  non-residential  domestic  violence
services, as well as housed over 15,000 victims of domestic violence and
their children across New York State; and
  WHEREAS, In 2010, 14,500 adults and 17,400 kids were denied shelter,
and  1,030  adults  and  children entered domestic violence transitional
living shelters; and
  WHEREAS, A 2011 National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey
report states on average, 24 people per  minute  are  victims  of  rape,
physical  violence,  or  stalking  by  an intimate partner in the United
States, based on a survey conducted in 2010; and
  WHEREAS, According to that same study, 1 in 6 women (16.2%) and 1 in
19 men (5.2%) have experienced stalking victimization at some  point  in
their  lifetime  in  which they felt fearful or believed they or someone
close to them would be harmed or killed; and
  WHEREAS, Women are more than 13 times more likely to  be  raped  and
twice  as  likely to experience other forms of sexual violence than men;
  WHEREAS, 41.6% of women and 13.9% of men reported being  injured  at
the hands of an intimate partner; and
  WHEREAS, VAWA redefined the way domestic violence and other forms of
violence  against  women are handled by establishing funding streams for
changes in law enforcement, improvements in the criminal justice system,
and shelters and services for victims; and
  WHEREAS, VAWA's concept of a  coordinated  community  response  that
encourages collaboration between law enforcement, judicial personnel and
the  public and private sectors in order to address the needs of victims
of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking is  considered  to  be
one of its most vital achievements; and
  WHEREAS, Notably, VAWA also increased public awareness of the issues
of domestic violence, sexual violence and stalking; and
  WHEREAS, VAWA was reauthorized in both 2000 and 2005; and
  WHEREAS,  In  November  of 2011, Senators Leahy and Crapo introduced
VAWA to be reauthorized; and
  WHEREAS, The 2011 reauthorization of  VAWA  should  enhance  several
areas including housing, workplace and military protections for victims,
accountability  for offenders and prevention programs to break the cycle
of violence; and
  WHEREAS, Over the past 17 years,  VAWA  has  provided  programs  and
services  to  tens  of  thousands  of  individuals  affected by domestic
violence and their families; and
  WHEREAS, On the 17th anniversary of the passage of  VAWA,  the  lead
sponsor  of the original VAWA, Vice President Joseph Biden, called on "a
new generation to take action to reduce the high rates of  violence  and
assault  that  continue  to  threaten  young  men  and  women across the
country"; now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED, That the New York State Congressional  delegation  be  and
hereby   is   respectfully  memorialized  by  the  Legislative  Body  to
reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA); and be it further
  RESOLVED,  That  copies  of  this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be
transmitted to each member of  the  Congressional  delegation  from  the
State of New York.
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