If you are a victim of domestic violence, your rights to report incidents have expanded, under a new state law.
State Sen. David Carlucci and Assemblyman Ken Zebrowski said their legislation to allow domestic violence victims to report an incident of abuse to any law enforcement agency in New York state was signed into law by Gov. Andrew Cuomo
Last week, the state legislators joined representatives of the Center for Safety & Change and advocate Angela Rivera to urge Cuomo to sign the bill. (A.4467-A/S.1243-B).
They stressed the importance of allowing survivors to file a complaint with any law enforcement agency across the state.
Currently, victims are only able to report an incident of domestic abuse to the police who have jurisdiction over the area where the alleged incident occurred.
Adoption of the law is expected to increase domestic violence reporting, encouraging survivors to come forward. Additionally, this will ensure that survivors are able to leave the area where their abuser is located in order to get to safety. Requiring individuals to return to the area where the attack occurred, leaves them vulnerable and at risk to their abuser.
Sen. Carlucci, who represents parts of Westchester and Rockland counties, said, "Our bill, which the Governor has signed into law will lead to increased domestic violence reporting, allow survivors to get to safety and hopefully prevent future tragedies.
Assemblyman Zebrowski, of West Nyack, said, “I want to thank Governor Cuomo for signing this important measure that will empower victims of domestic violence to safely report crimes to law enforcement. By allowing domestic violence victims to file a complaint to any agency statewide, individuals will be provided with the ability to report crimes without fear or intimidation by their abuser. This legislation will hopefully lead to an increase in the reporting of domestic violence incidents and will allow victims to promptly leave the area where their abuser is located and get to safety."
Zebrowski thanked Carlucci, domestic violence advocates, including the Center for Safety & Change, "for bringing this issue to the forefront."