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Domestic Violence


Domestic violence, also known as domestic abuse or intimate partner violence (IPV), can be broadly defined as a pattern of coercive tactics and abusive behaviors perpetrated by one partner against a current or former intimate partner with the goal of establishing and maintaining power and control. Domestic violence has many forms some of which may include: physical abuse (e.g. strangulation, hitting, kicking, biting, shoving, restraining, throwing objects), or threats thereof; sexual abuse; emotional or psychological abuse; controlling or domineering; intimidation; stalking; passive/covert abuse (e.g., neglect); and economic abuse.

Abuse can occur without regard to the parties’ sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, race, age, socio-economic status, disability, education level, culture or religion.

Generally, this section provides users with various domestic violence-related articles, policy and advocacy documents, legislative summaries and updates, training and Domestic Violence Task Force Meeting announcements, impact litigation highlights, program updates, and other resources. We also maintain sub-sections addressing other critical cross-over legal issues impacting domestic violence victims including: housing, public benefits, immigration, rights of the Deaf and disabled communities, as well as the rights of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender communities.

*If you are a victim in need of immediate assistance, please call:

NYS Domestic & Sexual Violence Hotline (English): 1-800-942-6906; NYS Domestic & Sexual Violence Hotline (TTY English): 1-800-818-0656

NYS Domestic & Sexual Violence Hotline (Spanish): 1-800-942-6908; NYS Domestic & Sexual Violence Hotline (TTY Spanish): 1-800-780-7660

 
 



ARTICLES

2015 Policy Wrap Up: Domestic Violence
Selected domestic violence-specific or related bills which successfully navigated both houses of the legislature this session. Read More

Nuisance Ordinances & Domestic Violence: Resources
Information on local nuisance ordinances and how they affect victims of domestic violence. Read More



IN THE NEWS

Empire Justice Center Statement on Chief Judge’s Creation of Permanent Commission on Access to Justice
Today, Empire Justice Center applauded Chief Judge Jonathan Lippmann’s July 22 announcement that the Task Force to Expand Civil Legal Services in New York will become a permanent Commission. Read More

Under local laws, 911 calls turn domestic abuse victims into ‘nuisances’
Nuisance ordinances, designed to curb illegal activity in rental properties, punish survivors of violence, critics say Read More



POLICY ADVOCACY

Joint Letter of Support: Pass Legislation to Protect Crime and Domestic Violence Victims!
In New York State, and nationwide, no victim of domestic violence or other person threatened with a crime should be afraid to access police or emergency assistance because doing so may jeopardize their housing. Read More

Joint Memo of Support for Bill that would Protect Domestic Violence Victims
No victim of domestic violence or other person threatened with a crime in New York should be afraid to access police or emergency assistance because doing so may jeopardize their housing. Nevertheless, numerous municipalities throughout New York have passed local laws, so called “nuisance ordinances,” that have this precise result. Read More

 


NEWSLETTERS

Policy Matters July 2015: Looking Back, Moving Forward
July 2015 edition of Policy Matters. Read More

 

 

 


TRAINING AND EVENTS

What Every Civil Legal Services Provider Should Know About Stalking: Investigation, Prosecution and Working with Victims
Originally presented as a training for law enforcement officers, this program contains valuable information for civil legal services practitioners. Presentations by police, prosecutor, and mental health officials discuss the important and intertwined issues of enforcement of stalking laws and treating the complainant-victims with respect and avoiding re-victimizing those seeking recourse from the judicial system. A civil legal services attorney presents topics of interest including the crime of stalking, alternate Family Court venues for qualifying victims, and what civil legal providers can do for complainant-victims in the criminal venue. The victim perspective is represented as well with a presentation by a victim of stalking who speaks about the decision making process related to whether to report the crime and how stalking continues to effect her day-to-day decisions. Read More

Working With LGBT(Q) Clients
This presenters discusses the research documenting the intersection of poverty and economic injustice in these communities. They will further address the emerging needs of LGBTQ-identified youth, including youth in the foster care and juvenile justice systems. Participants will also learn about ways that civil legal services office can create an inclusive, safe, and comfortable atmosphere both for clients, as well as LGBTQ staff. Read More