Assemblyman Michael Montesano (R,C,Ref-Glen Head) and the Assembly Minority Conference held a press conference Tuesday, January 23,on Preventing Domestic Violence
(Long Island, NY) Assemblyman Michael Montesano (R,C,Ref-Glen Head) joined fellow members of the Assembly Minority Conference Tuesday morning to release a task force report regarding the prevention of domestic violence in New York, titled “A Safe Haven: Helping Abuse Victims and Enhancing Protections.” Montesano attended one of the five regional forums held across the state in which legislators, law enforcement, advocates and domestic abuse survivors discussed the best ways to support victims and prevent domestic abuse from occurring.
Assemblyman Michael Montesano (R,C,Ref-Glen Head) and the Assembly Minority Conference held a press conference Tuesday, January 23,on Preventing Domestic Violence.
“All New Yorkers deserve a safe and healthy home environment,” said Montesano. “Victims of domestic violence shouldn’t have to fear repercussions for seeking help. Over 45,000 cases of domestic violence were reported to law enforcement officials in 2016 in New York. This doesn’t include the thousands upon thousands of cases that go unreported by victims, many of whom are afraid, for a variety of reasons. As legislators, we are responsible for speaking and fighting for our constituents, especially the ones who feel they don’t or can’t have a voice. ”
Just a few of the initiatives included in the report include:
- Protection that allows non-abusive parents to report abuse without worry that their children will be taken away.
- Funding to cover housing needs for victims.
- Declaring domestic violence as a statewide public health crisis.
- A state-funded training system for better coordination between law enforcement, administrators and prosecutors in regards to each victim’s unique situation.
- New legislation to increase the severity of the offense of committing domestic violence in the presence of a minor.
“Victims of domestic violence have been ignored long enough. We must act now and provide funding to these programs and initiatives within the 2018 budget,” said Montesano.