Legislative Advocacy

DVP's work incorporates a philosophy of collaboration. We work with concerted efforts on all fronts: governmental, law enforcement and at the grass-roots level involving smaller community based organizations to provide the greatest impact. Collaboration provides for greater long-term societal change which ensures greater safety and success for our clients and their children.  As members of the Lawyers Committee Against Domestic Violence and various other working groups and coalitions, DVP aspires to achieve real change through action.

 

New York for Women’s Equality Coalition - 2013

DVP is excited to be one of the over 600 organizations that have joined the New York Women's Equality Coalition formed to advance women’s equality by supporting Gov. Cuomo’s 10-Point Women’s Equality Act which aims to break down barriers that perpetuate discrimination and inequality based on gender.  Here are the goals of the 10-Point Plan:

  • Achieve Pay Equity
  • Stop Sexual Harassment in All Workplaces
  • Allow for the Recovery of Attorney’s Fees in Employment & Credit Lending Cases
  • Strengthen Human Trafficking Laws
  • End Family Status Discrimination
  • Stop Source-of-Income Discrimination
  • Stop Housing Discrimination for Victims of Domestic Violence
  • Stop Pregnancy Discrimination
  • Protect Victims of Domestic Violence by Strengthening Order-of-Protection Law
  • Protect a Women’s Freedom of Choice by Enacting the Reproductive Health Act

Here’s how the Act would protect victims of domestic violence:

Often times, a victim’s failure to seek a family court order of protection is based on the fact that he/she is forced to testify in front of his/her abuser in court. Courtrooms vary in size and quite often, victims are filing for orders of protection and appearing for the first time unrepresented by counsel. The act of testifying in court can be traumatizing for any individual, especially for one who is in crisis, recently undergone trauma and forced to speak about intimate details of their personal lives with his/her abuser only a few feet away. The Women’s Equality Agenda seeks to amend the current NY law to allow victims of domestic violence seeking this type of relief to provide testimony through video conference. Such an amendment would both relieve the burden on the victim in obtaining protection and allow for a safer method when doing so.

Check here for updates from the coalition.