City Council committee passes resolution to help protect domestic violence victims

Many Bronx women in abusive dating relationships complain it is difficult to obtain orders of protection. To address that issue, a City Council committee held a hearing Monday and passed a resolution calling for change.

The councils Committee on Womens Issues passed Resolution 589. It calls for equal treatment, allowing married and non-married victims to be able to file for protection in family court.

The current state law says anyone single and getting abused by an intimate partner can only file for protection in criminal court. It also states that domestic violence victims who are married or have a child in common with their abuser are allowed to file for protection in family court.

The full City Council still needs to vote on the resolution. If passed, the state legislature will decide if the resolution will be turned into law. Many states have already changed their laws to allow those in dating relationships to obtain orders of protection from family court.

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