Assembly Passes Legislation to Help Protect Crime Victims, Increase Safety for All

Bronx, N.Y. – Assemblywoman Latoya Joyner (D-Bronx, 77th AD), and her colleagues in the Assembly, helped to protect crime victims and victims of domestic violence and human trafficking through a new package of bills that strengthen laws and increase safety, as part of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week (Observed April 10-16).

“Being a victim of a crime can leave a mental and physical toll that may take a lifetime to recoup what was lost at no fault of their own,” said Assemblywoman Joyner. “Through this package of bills directed at crime victims, those innocent individuals that have experienced a traumatic experience can now feel safer knowing that we are working towards strengthening laws, and increasing access to critical support services that include housing, counseling, protection, job training and medical assistance.”

The Assembly's 10 bill crime victims' package combats human trafficking, supports victims of rape and sexual assault, protects the rights of victims and their families, offers assistance to crime victims and safeguards individuals that report crimes – including tenants that fear losing their home in the event that they report a crime. More information on these bills can be seen here: http://assembly.state.ny.us/Press/20160412/.

Previously, in October 2015, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed Assembly Bill A.6262 into law – a piece of legislation authored by Assemblywoman Joyner that improves the safety of domestic violence victims. The new law, which became effective April 1, creates a pilot program to help victims of domestic violence secure immediate protections from their abuser by allowing them to file for a temporary order of protection electronically.