After his recent, continued efforts to promote the rights of victims of domestic violence, Assemblyman Joe Lentol passed a resolution in the Assembly, last week, declaring April 29th Domestic Violence Awareness Day in the State of New York.
“Domestic violence takes a both physical and emotional toll on victims,” said Lentol. “The Assembly is leading the way in helping victims and cracking down on offenders.”
Domestic Violence Awareness Day is just one in a series of initiatives concerning the rights of victims of domestic violence that the Assemblyman has helped pass this year.
Others include prohibiting individuals from possessing firearms if they have been convicted in family related offenses, requiring hospitals to establish specific procedures for handling victims of domestic violence, particularly the creation of a staff training program and the designation of a staff member to direct liaise with victims, and requiring wireless phone companies to allow victims of domestic violence to opt out of family plans or shared plans without any penalties.
Lentol’s legislation gives technology a major role, particularly the wireless phone service legislation and another component concerning the tracking of potential stalkers by electronic means.
“We live in an increasingly digital world,” said Lentol. “It’s vital that our laws are kept current to reflect advancements in technology to adequately protect victims.”
Around 450,000 incidents of domestic violence are reported each year in the State of New York. 218,570 such incidents resulted in state courts issuing orders of protection, of which Unified Court System’s Domestic Violence Registry was required to make a record.
Lentol’s legislation looks to stem that tide.
“The personal and private nature of domestic violence makes it especially dangerous and devastating to its victims,” said Lentol. “That’s why we must do everything in our power to support and empower those victims and their families.”