Tell Albany:  Cutting Domestic Violence Services Empowers Abusers
  • Petitioned Senator Diane J. Savino

This petition was delivered to:

Office of Children and Family Services (Chair)
Senator Diane J. Savino
Majority Leader
New York State Senator Dean Skelos
Michele R. Titus
Herman D. Farrell Jr.
Helene E. Weinstein
Assemblymember, 88th District
Amy Paulin
Speaker of the House
Sheldon Silver
John DeFrancisco
New York Governor

Tell Albany: Cutting Domestic Violence Services Empowers Abusers

    1. Lenore Neier
    2. Petition by

      Lenore Neier

      New York, NY


Every day, thousands of New Yorkers are physically and psychologically abused by a partner. Since the start of the recession, long-term unemployment and financial hardships have made a bad situation even worse: there has been a 72% increase in the incidence of domestic violence in the Northeast region, and in New York State, domestic violence homicide rates increased 24% from 2007 to 2009. In New York City, alone, 3,000 vicitms of domestic violence are served each month. 

Despite those startling statistics, New York State has been slashing the very programs that help women leave an abusive situation—and saves lives. Over the last two years, the state has cut $3 million from programs that provide counseling, legal, case management, and other non-shelter-based domestic violence services, allocating just $500,000 for the current fiscal year—for all of New York State. In the next budget, the State plans to eliminate funding for non-shelter services entirely.  

But the policy is penny wise and pound foolish. The costs of addressing the harm when services are not available are much higher--every $1 spent on domestic violence programs saves $10 in future costs. 

With continuing economic uncertainty and the rising incidence of domestic violence, the state must not be allowed to defund domestic violence programs, in fact we ask that they reinstate the original $3 million in funding so that community based organizations can be most effective--and because it will cost the state much more money in the long-term.

  •  Researchers found that allocating $1.6 billion for domestic violence programs led to a net averted cost of $14.8 billion.     
  •  Non-shelter domestic violence programs provide a continuum of care that is essential in supporting a domestic violence victim to successfully leave their abuser, such as counseling, legal and case management services. 
  • The programs help to stave off the astronomically high health care costs associated with domestic violence. Center for Disease Control studies, in 2003, placed the annual estimated direct health care costs, nationally, to be around $4.1 billion.
  • Domestic violence victims lose a total of nearly eight million days of paid work a year—the equivalent of more than 32,000 full-time jobs  
  • Almost 390,000 domestic violence and sexual assault hotline calls were received in New York State in 2010

We urge you to sign the petition and ask them not to zero out the state’s share of non-shelter domestic violence programs in New York State and to restore funding at pre-2010 levels. To further erode these vital services will mean that victims will go without access to safety for themselves and their children--some will be killed by their batterers. Many that do reach out will instead seek help through emergency rooms, lose jobs and become dependent on public benefits. At a time of deficit reduction and limited resources, New York State cannot afford to eliminate these services. 

Photo credit: Marit and Toomas Hinnosaar


Recent signatures


    1. Reached 1,500 signatures
    2. New York State Senate and Assembly propose restoring some funds

      Roxann MtJoy
      Petition Organizer

      New York State's Senate has proposed restoring $1,500,000 from community based domestic violence services. New York State's Assembly has proposed a restoration of $510,000. In the next week committees from the Senate and the Assembly will meet to create a common budget which will then require the governor's approval. It is important that we all reach out to family, friends and coworkers to ask them to sign the petition.

    3. Reached 1,000 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Eileen Cole STATEN ISLAND, NY
      • over 2 years ago

      I have personally experienced physical and emotional abuse as did my mom. It have to be tolerated for material survival and to protect the children. Sometimes it's not so easy to prove.

    • carissa goetz RONKONKOMA, UNITED STATES
      • over 2 years ago

      Hello FB friends! I hope u take a 1min to reaad this short but important petition that can help save lives. Please sign & share!!!Have a blessed day

    • Arlene Lujin PARKER, AZ, AZ
      • over 2 years ago

      Once an abuser, always an abuser. We should take away all their power.

    • loretta guerriero GILROY, CA
      • over 2 years ago

      As a victim of spouse abuse....I found very little justice for the abuser. The system is so overburdened that he was served outside of a resonable time limit. The judge automatically dismissed the case even though there were documented whitnesses. To this day he claims innocence and continues to berate me at any possible time publically or privately. This was a pure case of negligence on the part of the criminal justice system. It happened to many other women who come forward expecting help have been treated in a similar manner. Cutting service is clearly not an answer. Look toward educaring and rehabilitating these men to make them better spouses, fathers and overall people.

    • Melinda Holbrook BAINBRIDGE, NY
      • over 2 years ago

      if taxes have to be cut there are others things that can be cut but not this. their are woman who are beat ever day with there kids and it is these programs that get them out and save their lives and help the mom keep the kids. nobody should live like that.


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