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2011 Domestic Violence Legislative Update
Updated September 2011
Current through September 28, 2011. Described herein are new domestic violence specific laws, as well as the bills which successfully navigated both houses of the state legislature and are awaiting further action. Read More

Strangulation and Domestic Violence
Important Changes in New York Criminal and Domestic Violence Law
Strangulation is one of the most potentially lethal forms of intimate partner abuse. A frequently cited 2001 study found that 10% of violent deaths in the United States were attributable to strangulation and most victims were women. Read More

The U Visa For Crime Victims
The U visa provides immigration status to certain victims of certain crimes. It was created in the Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act of 2000, Pub. Law 106-386 § 1513, codified at 8 USCA §§ 1101(a)(15)(U), 1184(o) and 1255(l), and its implementing regulations are at 8 CFR § 214.14.1 Read More

2007 Domestic Violence Legislative Update
Summaries of the domestic violence-related laws passed in 2007 in New York Read More


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IN THE NEWS

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

US Quickly Reaches Cap on Visas for Crime Victims
The federal government has already reached its cap on special visas for crime victims, just a few months into the fiscal year, the fastest the limit has been reached since the U.S. government started issuing them in 2008, according to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. Read More




POLICY ADVOCACY

Joint Memo of Support: Preserve the Right to Call 911
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

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