New York, NY – Assemblyman Felix Ortiz is pushing for his legislation, (A.2599), which would require any person who has an order of protection issued against them, because of domestic violence, to wear an electronic monitoring device. The monitoring device would allow pinpoint tracking of the individual and provide a means of protection for victims of domestic violence.
Domestic violence occurs every 15 seconds in the United States which is more frequent than any other crimes. This is a serious issue that affects families across our state. According to data released by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, there were more than 50,000 reported cases of domestic violence in New York State in 2006, and 28 children were killed as a result of domestic violence. Victims of domestic violence will frequently seek out an order of protection. However, the piece of paper, which orders the offenders to stay away from the victims, is often not enough. Every year, victims are harassed or murdered by individuals against whom an order of protection has already been issued.
In 2007, Erika Delia, a young woman who resided in Babylon, was murdered by her ex-boyfriend. Most recently, Qian Wu, a Chinese woman, who resided in Flushing, Queens, was brutally murdered by Huang Chen. In both cases, orders of protection had been issued against the perpetrator. Today’s technology allows electronic monitoring devices to be more effective in supervising the whereabouts of these offenders. “I want to strengthen the law so that unfortunate cases like these will not happen again and my legislation can accomplish this,” said Ortiz.
Ortiz also stated: “Not only will my legislation save lives, but it will also save our state money.” According to statistics from U.S. Department of Justice in 2006, the cost of intimate partner violence exceeds $5.8 billion each year, $4.1 billion of which is for direct medical and mental health care services, and nearly $1.8 billion are for the indirect cost of lost productivity or wages. “We can help reduce these tremendous costs by simply preventing the violence from occurring. My legislation not only reduces cost but most important creates a safer living environment for families and homes throughout our state,” Ortiz stated.