Parker wants New York to do more for domestic violence victims
State senator pushing package of four bills
Domestic violence brings with it a heavy cost in the U.S., according to state Sen. Kevin Parker, who said the toll exceeds an astounding $5.8 billion a year. That total includes $4.1 billion for direct health care services for victims and nearly $1.8 billion in worker productivity losses, Parker said.
Parker is pushing New York state to step up its efforts to combat the horrific crime and help victims pick up their lives.
In an effort to reduce the number of domestic violence incidents in New York, Parker is proposing a package of four bills that he said would have a significant positive impact on the lives of those affected by the shocking crime taking place behind closed doors.
“The unfortunate truth is that New York state needs to do more to ensure protection for victims of domestic violence,” Parker (D-Flatbush-East Flatbush) said in a statement. “We need to pass the kind of legislation that gives greater support to domestic violence victims so they are able to maintain their jobs and stay in their homes. But at the same time, we need to work with survivors as well as current victims in identifying patterns with an aim at prevention and ultimately decreasing domestic violence cases in the long term.”