Dutchess County Legislator and 41st Senate District candidate Sue Serino joins Attorney General candidate John Cahill, Chairman of the Dutchess County Legislature Robert Rolinson, Dutchess County Executive Marcus Molinaro and Congreswoman Nan Hayworth to call for increased protection for victims of domestic violence.
County Legislator and 41st state Senate District candidate Sue Serino (R,C,I- Hyde Park) today joined Republican candidate for Attorney General John Cahill and local officials to call for increased protection for victims of domestic violence. The issue, which has been among Serino’s leading causes, has been highlighted recently by domestic violence incidents involving members of the National Football League (NFL).
“As we’ve seen highlighted in recent weeks, domestic violence is a very serious crime that impacts all sectors of society,” said Serino. “Whether it comes in form of verbal, physical, or sexual abuse, mistreatment by a spouse or significant other can have a lasting impact on all involved. With 20 people per minute being the victim of physical violence by a domestic partner, this isn’t an issue that’s going away anytime soon. We need to be proactive to help victims and prevent further abuse by enacting meaningful legislation to protect victims, further empowering our local law enforcement and creating a stronger support network for victims after the abuse has occurred.”
During the bipartisan #Women4Serino rally earlier this summer, Serino laid out a plan to help domestic violence victims, which included ending discrimination for housing based on an applicant’s domestic violence victim status and source of income by prohibiting building owners, managers and leasing agents from refusing to lease or sell, or evicting a tenant because of their status as a domestic violence victim; ensuring that victims of domestic violence are not punished for “violating” their own order of protection by making revisions to the law that protects parties who file an order of protection from violating the order; and creating a pilot program which allows domestic violence victims to enact orders of protection online as well as allowing them to testify remotely against their abuser.
“While these recent cases of domestic violence have placed an emphasis on man-on-woman abuse, it is also important to keep in mind that the reverse can be true. According to the Center for Disease Control, nearly 5 million men are victims of domestic violence each year. Unfortunately, key provisions which could have helped the victims have been stalled in the state Legislature. We need to take immediate action to address these issues and work to build safer communities for our families,” concluded Serino.