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Family Offenses & Orders of Protection


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

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

New York Laws Involving the Confidentiality of Domestic Violence Victim-Related Information
An update on laws protecting domestic violence victims in New York. Read More

2011 Domestic Violence Legislative Update
Described below are the new domestic violence-specific laws, as well as the bills which successfully navigated both houses of the Legislature and are awaiting further action. This update is current through July 20, 2011. The Empire Justice website posts legislative updates throughout the summer as needed. Read More

Family Offense & Order of Protection: Articles


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

Empire Justice Applauds Governor for Signing Bill that Provides Victims of Domestic Violence from Economic Abuse
This law (A.7400/S.5821) will help domestic violence victims by expanding the list of enumerated family offenses to now include identity theft, grand larceny and coercion. Read More


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

Empire Justice Memo of Support: Provide Married Victims of Intimate Partner Violence with a Protective Economic Safety Net
A.6049 (Mayer) /S.4569 (Savino) seeks to provide married victims of intimate partner violence with a temporary economic safety net when they seek protection and intervention in Family Court. Empire Justice Center strongly supports this measure. Read More


Legal Services Journal - Winter 2009-2010 Issue
In this issue of the Legal Services Journal, you will find Empire Justice Center's Legislative Agenda for 2009-2011 and articles on Domestic Violence, Immigration, Child Care, Public Benefits, Child Support and Consumer and Community Development. Read More