domestic violence

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Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed legislation to ensure orders of protection in domestic sex assaults are extended through their attacker's probation term.

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The Massachusetts Attorney General’s office and the charitable arm of the New England Patriots are partnering to combat youth domestic violence.

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It’s often an unseen or unrecognized form of violence.  But it’s also one of the most common crimes and among the most dangerous to emergency responders.  Weapons can be anything from guns to hands to knives or even words.  In the final part of our weeklong series 'Crime in our Communities,’ WAMCs' North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley looks at domestic violence. 


News is just reaching many New Yorkers that a recent University at Albany graduate was killed in Asia. 

  The New York state Senate has voted to create a public list of those convicted of violent felonies similar to the existing sex offender registry. 

The proposal is intended to prevent future crimes, and in particular domestic violence, by allowing people to check if a new acquaintance has a violent past.

The legislation is named Brittany's Law after Brittany Passalacqua, a 12-year-old from Geneva who was murdered in 2009 along with her mother by her mother's then boyfriend. The boyfriend had a prior conviction for a violent felony.

State and federal grants will help support legal staff of a program in Orange County to prosecute certain domestic violence cases.

Listener Essay - Domestic Violence Awareness

Oct 23, 2014

  Kathryn Allen is a communications consultant and writer who lives in Menands.

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Albany County is taking a leadership role in addressing domestic violence — the subject of weeks of handwringing nationally after high-profile cases.

"We have recently seen this veil of secrecy ripped open by very public events within the NFL. It's a sad fact that true action only takes place after tragedy or public shame."

Crime Victims Caseworker Amanda Petrie, speaking Friday at the Albany County Office Building, where officials gathered for the unveiling of a cutting-edge Domestic Violence Awareness program. October is Domestic Violence Awareness month.

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A coalition of human service organizations led by the Human Services Council is seeking what it thinks should be its fair share of 4-point-5 billion dollars New York received through bank settlements. They've launched a statewide campaign calling on Governor Andrew Cuomo to reinvest $354 million in the nonprofit human services sector, to protect vital programs for communities and jobs across the state.


Five Vermont groups have been awarded more than $5 million in federal grants to support crime victims.