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Domestic Violence

Aggravated Family Offense

A.1986-B (AM Rosenthal) / S.5822 (Sen. Golden) - Establishes the crime of aggravated domestic violence.

  • Report in support with suggested modification by the Domestic Violence Committee, March 2012.
  • Signed by Governor as part of A.10624/S.7638, Chp. 491 - October 25, 2012

Alternative Dispute Resolution in Matrimonial Law Cases

Comments by the Alternative Dispute Resolution, Domestic Violence and Matrimonial Law Committees regarding the Office of Court Administration’s proposed rule on alternative dispute resolution in matrimonial law cases, February 2013


Discrimination

A.755-A (AM Paulin) / S.958-B (Sen. C. Johnson) - Prohibits employers from discriminating against victims of domestic violence or stalking. (2009/2010 Legislative Sessions)

  • Report in support of legislation by the Committees on Civil Rights and Domestic Violence, Reissued June 2009.
  • Signed by Governor, Chp. 80, Approval Memo No. 5 – July 7, 2009

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A.2348-A (AM Weinstein) / S.5526 (Sen. Hassell-Thompson) - Prohibits discrimination against victims of domestic violence in employment.

  • Report in support of legislation by the Domestic Violence and Civil Rights Committees, Reissued June 2011.

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A.9024 (AM Englebright) / S.6994 (Sen. Grisanti) - Prohibits housing discrimination against victims of domestic violence.

  • Report in support of legislation by the Domestic Violence and Civil Rights Committees, Reissued May 2012.

Divorce and Maintenance Law

Report to the Law Revision Commission highlighting crucial issues that should be examined in the Commission's assessment of the maintenance laws of the state and the economic consequence of divorce on the parties, October 2011.

  • "City Bar Provides Recommendations to Law Revision Commission on Divorce Maintenance Laws" - 44th Street Blog, November 3, 2011


Domestic Violence Victims

A.9056 (AM Lavine) / S.6924 (Sen. Robach) - establishes the right of tenants to call police or emergency assistance without fear of losing their housing.

  • Report in support of legislation, with recommendations, by the Domestic Violence Committee, June 2014

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Testimony of the Domestic Violence Commmittee before the NYS Democratic Conference Public Forum concerning legislation addressing housing discrimination against victims of domestic violence and the sentencing of victims who are convicted of committing crimes where abuse was a significant contributing factor to the criminal behavior, May 30, 2012. (VIDEO)

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A.4516-D (AM Weinstein) / S.3438-B (Sen. Montgomery) – Would amend New York’s correction law to allow certain incarcerated survivors of family or household violence to apply for merit time and increased merit time allowances. (2009/2010 Legislative Sessions)

  • Report in support of legislation by the Domestic Violence Committee, Reissued January 2010.

Domestic Violence Victims, Sentencing of

A.4314-C (AM Aubry) / S.3337-C (Sen. Hassell-Thompson) - 'Domestic Violence Survivors Justice Act', which would give greater discretion to judges when sentencing defendants who are survivors of domestic violence.

  • Report in support of legislation by the Domestic Violence Committee and Criminal Justice Operations Committee, Reissued May 2014.

Immigration Detainers

Int. 0982-2012 - A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to persons not to be detained.
Int. 0989-2012 - A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to persons not to be detained by the Department of Correction.

  • Letter to the New York City Council from the Criminal Courts, Civil Rights, Corrections & Community Reentry, Domestic Violence , and Immigration & Nationality Law Committees regarding the City’s collaboration with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (“ICE”) with respect to the holding of immigrant New Yorkers subject to ICE detainers, January 9, 2013.
  • Testimony before the New York City Council Committee on Immigration on Int. 982 and Int. 989, January 25, 2013.
  • Both bills signed into law by the Mayor - March 18, 2013

NYC Policy Recommendations

Letter from the Domestic Violence Committee to Commissioner Rose Pierre-Louis of the Mayor's Office to Combat Domestic Violence offering policy recommendations concerning domestic violence issues, February 2014.

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Letter to the Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services outlining key recommendations supported by the City Bar that would protect the social welfare and equal participation of all New Yorkers, February 2014.


NYS Policy Recommendations

Transition letter to Governor Cuomo highlighting some of the most important issues related to domestic violence in New York State to be considered during his term, February 2, 2011.


Orders of Protection

A.8375 (AM Weinstein) - Grants criminal courts and family courts concurrent jurisdiction over certain sex offenses committed against a family member or member of the same household. (2009/2010 Legislative Sessions)

  • Report in support of legislation by the Domestic Violence Committee, Reissued June 2009.

Violence Against Women Act

Testimony from the Domestic Violence Committee before the New York City Council in support of Res. No. 1064 which calls upon Congress to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act, February 27 2012.

 
 
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