Executive Director Stephanie Nilva commented on the major expansion of New York State's domestic violence law by making it possible for people in dating relationships, heterosexual or gay, to seek protection from abusers in family court.
She said: "This is the greatest thing to happen for our clients. It means a world of difference to them," adding that most teenagers would not even consider reporting abuse to the police and getting a classmate arrested. "That's not something a kid is going to do," she said. "They just want the protection and the violence to stop."
Read the full article "Albany to Expand Domestic Violence Law to Include Dating Relationships" on NYTimes.com.
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As of July 2008, New York State extended access to civil Orders of Protection to domestic violence victims in dating relationships. Since 2004, Day One advocated to grant the same legal protection to all victims of relationship abuse. Day One celebrates this achievement with the many advocates who have been working on this issue for two decades. On behalf of the young survivors we assist, we thank the many legislators whose efforts contributed to this success, including Governor David A. Paterson, Assembly Member Helene E. Weinstein, Senator George H. Winner, Mayor Michael Bloomberg and others.