Schumer calls for tougher laws, $35 million to fight domestic violence

ALBANY – Last week, Sen. Charles Schumer announced he would request an additional $35 million be given to local law enforcement agencies to combat domestic violence.

In a conference call Thursday, Schumer said the $35 million would go to the Services, Training, Officers, Prosecutors (STOP) Grant program, which provides additional resources to local law enforcement and the courts in handling violent crimes against women.

The program was created by the Violence Against Women Act and provides funding for local officers and attorneys to specialize in investigating and prosecuting domestic violence cases.

Schumer’s office released new data gathered by the state recording the number of abuses sorted by region. According to the figures, there were 60,000 reported incidents of domestic violence in upstate New York and in Long Island last year. The senator said about 25,000 of those cases involved women being abused by their partners.

The Southern Tier accounted for about 7.5 percent of those incidents, with approximately 4,500 reports of domestic violence in 2008.

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