CONTACT: Meredith Kelly
February 6, 2013 202.224.7433
TODAY AT 12:15 PM – SCHUMER TO REVEAL: RECENT POLICE DATA SHOWS AN ASTOUNDING 43,000 INCIDENTS OF DOMESTIC ABUSE IN UPSTATE NEW YORK IN 2011 – CALLS FOR PASSAGE OF TOUGH LEGISLATION ON SENATE FLOOR THIS WEEK TO COMBAT ALARMING TREND IN NY
Violence Against Women Act To Help Combat Domestic Violence Has Expired & Is Up For Senate Vote This Week – Schumer Will Call On Colleagues To Give Law Enforcement & Victims Tools to Fight Back
Schumer Pushes For Tough New Bill That Will Improve Law Enforcement Training, Crackdown On Internet Stalking, and Place Special Focus On Stopping Sexual Violence In Rural Communities
New County-By-County Report Shows 8,000 Cases in Hudson Valley, 8,597 Cases In Western New York, 7,971 Cases in Rochester-Finger Lakes Region
Today, Wednesday February 6th at 12:15 PM on a press conference call, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer will urge his colleagues to pass the bipartisan Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) that would give law enforcement the necessary tools to fight back against rampant domestic violence throughout Upstate New York. Schumer’s call comes amidst new figures from the NYS Division of Criminal Justice Services that show about 43,782 domestic abuse incidents in which law enforcement was called to the scene in 2011 in Upstate New York. VAWA, which is expected to be voted on in the Senate on Thursday, would reauthorize a number of federal programs which encourage collaboration among law enforcement, judicial personnel, and public and private service providers to victims of domestic and sexual violence. On the call, Schumer will highlight key provisions of this law, including grants to help train cops in stopping domestic and dating violence, and provisions to toughen federal anti-stalking laws to include digital harassment through the internet and social media. Schumer will also highlight that the legislation would send specialized resources to law enforcement, education and sexual assault response teams in rural, underserved areas of New York. Schumer will note that the vital law has decreased domestic violence by 50 percent since its creation in 1994, but expired for the first time in 2011.
On the call, Schumer will provide most recent annual county-by-county data of the number of domestic violence cases, according to the NYS Division of Criminal Justice Services.
DATE: Today, Wednesday February 6th
TIME: 12:15 PM