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Domestic Violence Committee

The Domestic Violence Committee engages in policy and legal analysis, and attorney and public education on issues relating to domestic violence and other forms of gender-based violence. Recent topics addressed by the Committee include police accountability for responding to domestic abuse, housing and employment discrimination against survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault, and sentencing for defendants who are domestic violence survivors.

Recent Reports

Amicus Brief in Whole Woman’s Health v. Cole (U.S. Supreme Court) (January 4, 2016) ( PDF format )
Subject area: Reproductive Rights

Report on the Pet and Women Safety Act which would extend protection to the pets of victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking and dating violence (Reissued March 2015)
Subject area: Companion Animals/Pets


Testimony of the Animal Law Committee on Proposed Amendments to Article 11 and 161 of the New York City Health Code Related to Removing the Prohibition on Keeping Domestic Ferrets as Pets (January 2015) ( PDF format )
Subject area: Companion Animals/Pets

For the full list of committee reports click here


Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, and Sexual Assault Resources in New York City

Of Interest

Huffington Post blog--Gender-Based Violence Has No Place in New York City--by Rebecca Iwerks, Anna Ognibene and Elisabeth Wickeri

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Policy Recommendations for New York City's Next Mayor

Video: Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the New York State Family Court

Legislative Activity

For more information on the legislative and policy work of the committee, including relevant reports, bill texts and additional advocacy materials, click here.