Melissa joined a coalition of elected officials and anti-domestic violence advocates led by Public Advocate Bill de Blasio yesterday in calling for a series of hearings that will examine the handling of domestic violence cases by law enforcement.
Council Members Julissa Ferreras and Jumaane Williams, as well as representatives from the National Organization of Women and the Violence Intervention Program, were also in attendance.
Melissa offered the following statement on their efforts to look into police practices when it comes to domestic violence claims:
The news of the past few days has really called into question the way in which our law enforcement and government officials are handling domestic violence cases. A great deal has been accomplished by the City Council in recent years to improve police practices with respect to domestic violence, but more work still needs to be done. We must work constantly to reassure domestic violence victims that their claims will be taken seriously, so that they continue to come forward.
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