Sen. Oppenheimer and Advocacy Groups Urge Gov. Paterson to Protect Domestic Violence Victims

Joined by representatives from the Pace Women’s Justice Center, My Sisters’ Place, Hope’s Door, and Legal Services for the Hudson Valley, Senator Suzi Oppenheimer (D-Mamaroneck) will call on Governor Paterson to sign into law sweeping legislation to strengthen the rights and protections of domestic violence survivors and increase the criminal penalties for domestic abuse.

News from STATE SENATOR Suzi Oppenheimer, New York State Senate, 37th District

For Immediate Release:

Contact: Debra Lagapa; lagapa@senate.state.ny.us; (914) 934-5250 (w); (914) 715-3125 (m)

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SENATOR SUZI OPPENHEIMER STANDS WITH LEADING ADVOCACY GROUPS TO URGE GOVERNOR PATERSON TO ENACT NEW PROTECTIONS FOR DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SURVIVORS

While violent crime overall has declined in recent years, violence against loved ones is on the rise.  In 2008, intimate partner homicides increased 25% statewide and 45% in counties outside New York City.  New York’s Domestic Violence Courts handled more than 31,000 cases in 2008, an increase of nearly 7,000 from 2007.  More than 400,000 incidents of domestic violence are reported to police departments in New York every year, while 300,000 calls are received by domestic violence hotlines throughout the state.  Indeed, 20 percent of all assaults occurring outside New York City are committed by “intimate partners.”

Joined by representatives from the Pace Women’s Justice Center, My Sisters’ Place, Hope’s Door, and Legal Services for the Hudson Valley, Senator Suzi Oppenheimer (D-Mamaroneck) will call on Governor Paterson to sign into law sweeping legislation to strengthen the rights and protections of domestic violence survivors and increase the criminal penalties for domestic abuse.

WHO: State Senator Suzi Oppenheimer (D-Mamaroneck)

Jane Aoyama-Martin, Exec. Dir., Pace Women’s Justice Center

My Sisters’ Place

Carla Horton, Exec. Dir., Hope’s Door

Robin Stiebel, Managing Atty, Yonkers office, Legal Services for the Hudson Valley

WHEN: Tuesday, August 10, 2010 @ 10:00 AM

WHERE: Pace Law School

Tudor Room, Preston Hall

78 North Broadway

White Plains, NY 10603

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