In an effort to continue to bring attention to the important issues of domestic violence and hate crimes, the City Council passed two pieces of legislation sponsored by Melissa, which will require the publication of statistics on these two crimes on the City’s My Neighborhood Statistics website.
Under these local laws, NYC residents will be able to track the number of domestic violence incidents and hate crimes in their communities, local police precincts and throughout the city in a more user-friendly way.
These pieces of legislation help get the City closer to an earlier proposal by Melissa that domestic violence statistics appear in the Police Department’s CompStat report. While this is a step in the right direction, the advocacy will continue to elevate the seriousness with which both domestic violence and hate crimes are treated in New York City.
“Domestic violence incidents and hate crimes remain at high levels in our city,” said Council Member Melissa Mark-Viverito, sponsor of the bills. “A significant percentage of all murders in the city are committed at the hands of an intimate partner, and we have all seen the startling rise in hate crimes across the city. I am proud to be the sponsor of two pieces of legislation that will require the publication of data on both domestic violence and hate crimes on the city’s website. These statistics will enable local residents and advocates to more easily and effectively monitor trends in these two crimes. I thank Speaker Quinn, Governmental Operations Chair Brewer and the Mayor’s Office of Operations for their support of this legislation.”
The Mayor is expected to sign these two bills into law in the coming weeks.
Melissa and other members of the City Council also honored several domestic violence service providers and the organizers of the Brides’ March with proclamations in the pre-Stated Meeting ceremonials. Check the blog tomorrow for a report and photos from the ceremony!