On Thursday, New York Assemblyman Billy Jones announced legislation that would provide extra measures to protect domestic violence victims.
A media release states that the bill was introduced in Malone during a meeting for the Behavioral Health Service North’s STOP Domestic Violence Program.
Officials say the legislation would require medical, social service, and school professionals to report suspected domestic violence to the proper authorities.
“Domestic violence is a far too common occurrence causing unimaginable pain in every community. But it often goes unreported as victims fear violent reprisals from their abusers,” Jones said.
“That’s why it’s so important that we ensure more reporting of suspected domestic abuse to the police. With this legislation, we can better assist victims and ultimately save lives,” added Jones.
According to a media release, the bill is in honor of Jamie Rose Martin of Tupper Lake who murdered by an estranged partner.
“”We are so grateful to be included in the conversation for creating life-saving legislation,” Said Amber Brown-Rose, Director of the Behavioral Health Service North’s STOP Domestic Violence Program.
“When a victim of domestic violence has the courage to disclose that they are in a violent relationship to a reporting facility, such as a hospital, school, etc. and that institution does not provide a referral to local domestic violence services, the results can be fatal. This new legislation is a step in the right direction to ensure that all victims of domestic violence receive life-saving resources,” added Brown-Rose.