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Domestic Violence

The Domestic Violence Policy Advocacy section contains Legislative Memos, Letters, Comments and Testimony. You will also find news items, articles and reports that relate to our policy work in Domestic Violence.



Legislative Memos

Empire Justice Memo of Support: Give Domestic Violence Victims in Crisis Critical and Reliable Information about Their Legal Rights and Remedies
Despite its initial creation over two decades ago as a key part of New York’s 1994 ground-breaking Family Protection and Family Violence Intervention Act overhaul of domestic violence laws, the Victim’s Rights Notice has never been substantially amended. 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

Empire Justice Memo of Support: Standardize Access to Court Ordered Forensic Evaluations in Child Custody Cases
This bill would amend and standardize the procedures involved in court ordered forensic evaluations and reports in child custody and visitation proceedings statewide. Read More



Policy Letters

Empire Justice Letter of Support for Name Change Legislation
A.2242 (Bronson)/S.5240 (Savino) not only is in line with existing policy, but enhances and clarifies the law for name change applicants who need the benefit of the law’s critical safety protections. 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



Empire Justice Testimony: 2016 NYS Joint Budget Hearing on Public Protection
Empire Justice Center's testimony before the joint legislative committees on the 2016-17 Executive Budget proposal regarding Public Protection. New York State must continue to ensure access to justice, regardless of a person's ability to pay for an attorney. Read More




Policy Related News

Empire Justice Press Release: New York State Delivers a Tight Budget with Several Notable Wins for Low Income New Yorkers

Upon the finalization of the 2017-2018 state budget, Empire Justice Center was excited to announce that several of its legislative priorities were included, including a new $1 million investment that will allow the organization to dramatically increase the amount of assistance it can provide to immigrants in need of legal representation, as well as two notable policy changes. At the same time, other important programs and proposals sustained losses that will be acutely felt by hard working New Yorkers in the coming year, causing much concern Read More

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Policy Related Articles

Empire Justice Center 2017 State Budget Priorities :
As New Yorkers, we unite around the concepts of liberty, equality and opportunity. In 2017, Empire Justice Center’s top priorities will be focused on identifying and fostering ways to strengthen New York’s laws, our communities, and each other, to protect justice for ALL New Yorkers. Read More

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

S.4955 Will Solve the Nuisance Ordinance Problem :
Access to stable housing is essential for survivors to maintain safety and independence from abusers, but assumptions about domestic violence victims have often resulted in survivors being refused housing, or even being evicted from their homes. Thankfully, in 2015, New York State passed landmark legislation as a remedy for this issue, protecting victims of domestic violence from housing discrimination. Read More


Policy Related Newsletters

Policy Matters March 2017 :
Empire Justice Center's latest edition of Policy Matters. Read More