NEW LAW WILL FURTHER ASSIST DOMESTIC VIOLENCE VICTIMS
Extends amount of time victims may stay in residential programs, ensuring additional time to secure permanent housing.
New legislation has been enacted to extend the amount of days victims of domestic violence may stay in residential programs from 135 days to 180 days, ensuring additional time to secure permanent housing. This legislation ensures an additional 45 day extension for domestic violence victims who have been unable to secure, safe, alternative housing.
This new law builds on landmark comprehensive domestic violence legislation passed in June by the Senate and Assembly to combat domestic violence, punish perpetrators and protect and empower victims.
“For many years, domestic violence victims advocates, like Sanctuary for Families, have been calling for longer stays, giving these families additional time to find affordable and safe housing, and to be able to seek jobs or job training to allow them to become financially independent from their abusers,” said Hannon. “I’m proud to have supported this bill, and I’m thankful the Governor has signed it into law.”
“You have done a great service to these women,” said Laurel W. Eisner, Executive Director of Sanctuary for Families, in thanking Hannon. “Please accept our sincere gratitude for your concern and your willingness to take action on their behalf.”