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Public Benefits & Domestic Violence

This section provides users with domestic violence-related articles, updates, and other resources addressing victim access to state and/or federal public benefits including the Family Violence Option, welfare, SSI, unemployment, and more.


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
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

Bringing Services for Domestic Violence Survivors Together
Family Justice Center Opens in Westchester
On May 17, 2010, Westchester County became the fifth county in New York State to house a Family Justice Center (FJC). The idea behind the FJC model is to provide a one-stop center for victims of domestic violence. 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


Empire Justice Testimony on Economic Abuse as a Form of Domestic Abuse
Our testimony on critical issues impacting victims of domestic violence and their families. Read More

Empire Justice Center's Comments on New York's TANF State Plan 2012 - 14
Our comments to OTDA urging them to take leadership on a number of issues which will improve the lives of low income New Yorkers. Read More

Public Beneftis & Domestic Violence: Policy Advocacy


May 2012 Issue of Policy Matters
As the end of New York’s 2012 legislative session approaches, Empire Justice Center advocates are switching into high gear, working hard to advance legislation that benefits lower income New Yorkers and to halt bills that will harm New York consumers, Medicaid recipients and providers. Read about our priorities for the end of the state legislative session. Read More