Resolution J1322-2013

Memorializing Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim April 22, 2013, as Domestic Violence Awareness Day in the State of New York

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  • Apr 23, 2013: ADOPTED
  • Apr 23, 2013: REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • Apr 19, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE

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LEGISLATIVE   RESOLUTION  memorializing  Governor  Andrew  M.  Cuomo  to
proclaim April 22, 2013, as Domestic Violence Awareness Day in the State
of New York, in conjunction with National Crime Victims' Rights Week

WHEREAS, As part of executing its mission, the New York State  Coalition
Against  Domestic  Violence  seeks to eradicate domestic violence and to
ensure the provision of effective and appropriate services to victims of
domestic violence through community outreach, education, training, tech-
nical assistance and policy development; and
  WHEREAS, The Coalition's principles and practices prioritize the safe-
ty and concerns of victims who are abused, provide support  and  encour-
agement  for the participation of victims who are abused in the struggle
to eradicate personal  and  institutional  violence  against  them,  and
provide  for  a  non-competitive  atmosphere  that fosters open communi-
cation, respect, and cooperation among advocates  and  victims  who  are
abused; and
  WHEREAS,  Approximately  one  in  four women in the United States will
experience physical domestic violence at some point in her life; and
  WHEREAS, Females who are 20-24 years of age are at the  greatest  risk
of nonfatal intimate partner violence; and
  WHEREAS,  Domestic  violence  victims  experience a host of health and
mental health-related consequences at far greater rates than their coun-
terparts who have not been abused; and
  WHEREAS, The economic burden of domestic violence in the United States
is over $8 billion per year in direct medical costs and loss of  produc-
tivity; and
  WHEREAS,  15.5  million children in the United States live in families
in which domestic violence occurred at least once in the past year,  and
7  million  children  live in families in which severe domestic violence
occurred; and
  WHEREAS, Children of mothers who are victims of domestic violence  are
six times more likely than other children to die before the age of five;
and
  WHEREAS,  Only  approximately  one-quarter  of  all physical assaults,
one-fifth of all rapes, and one-half of all  stalking  incidents  perpe-
trated  against  women  by intimate partners are reported to the police;
and
  WHEREAS, The damage caused by domestic  violence  is  not  limited  by
gender, age, ethnicity or sexual orientation; and
  WHEREAS,  Public awareness has the potential to increase the identifi-
cation and reporting of abuse by the public, professionals, and  victims
themselves,  and  can act as a catalyst to promote issue-based education
and long-term prevention; now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause  in  its  deliberations  to
memorialize  Governor  Andrew  M.  Cuomo  to proclaim April 22, 2013, as
Domestic Violence Awareness Day in the State of New York, in conjunction
with National Crime Victims' Rights Week; and be it further
  RESOLVED, That copies of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to The Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo, Governor of the State  of  New
York, and the New York State Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

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