Assemblyman Stec, Colleagues Join Local Families, Mental Health Experts to Discuss Preventing Domestic Violence at Forum

September 13, 2017

Assemblyman Dan Stec (R,C,I,Ref-Queensbury) and colleagues hosted a forum this evening in Glenville focused on addressing the complex issues involved in the prevention of, and response to, domestic violence in New York communities. Invitees included non-profit service providers, community-based domestic violence experts, law enforcement and the criminal justice system as well as families and those with firsthand experience of domestic violence.

The Assembly Minority Conference Steering Committee hosted its first regional forum at the Glenville Senior Center. Discussions focused on identifying gaps in services and programs for domestic violence victims, enhancing and creating pathways which ensure greater safety for victims and ensuring law enforcement measures are in place to hold abusers accountable.

“This forum provided an opportunity for law enforcement, criminal justice members and community experts to have an open discussion to raise awareness and better prevent incidents of domestic violence and provide adequate support to victims,” said Assemblywoman Mary Beth Walsh (R,C,I,Ref-Ballston). “As a family court attorney, I am familiar with the impact domestic violence has on individuals and their families. I am hopeful that by conducting these forums across the state our conference will be able to develop a comprehensive plan to prevent domestic violence, help those in need and ensure that dangerous offenders face proper repercussions.”

“Sadly, far too many have experienced the harsh consequences of domestic abuse. Support services, law enforcement and loved ones are critical support resources for the victims of domestic violence, and these events are designed to bring them together to work toward preventing future instances of violence and empowering those who have already been subjected to its consequences,” said Stec. “I am certain, together, we will be able to learn from each other and find a way to soften the impact of this horrible epidemic.”

Participants included representatives from Wellspring, YWCA of Northeastern NY, New York State Police, Saratoga County Public Defender’s Office, CAPTAIN Youth & Family Service and Veterans & Community Housing Coalition.

“We are proud to host these crucial domestic violence awareness events, which will bring together victims, support professionals and law enforcement to work toward preventing and reducing these horrible crimes,” said Assemblyman Joseph M. Giglio (R,C,I-Gowanda) Steering Committee Chairman. “Domestic abuse is a reality for far too many in New York and across the nation. Its victims know no demographics and its toll is immeasurable. We must find ways to protect and support those who have been forced to endure its horrors.”

The next Assembly Minority Steering Committee event will be held on Thursday, September 14 in Port Jervis. For more information on the forums, please contact the Assembly Minority Office of Public Affairs at 518-455-5073.