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Rockland mom spurs action on domestic violence legislation in NYPosted: Updated:
A Rockland County mother is now behind a push in Albany to change the way domestic violence cases are reported and investigated.
Haverstraw mother Angela Rivera's fight began when she says her daughter was assaulted by her boyfriend in Queens.
"He was driving the car and he turned around and punched my daughter in the face, knocking her out and breaking her nose," says Rivera.
Rivera says she thought she was protecting her 19-year-old daughter last year when she took her to local police after the teen was allegedly assaulted by her boyfriend, in a moving car, in Queens.
"We started telling the officer the story. He stopped us and said, 'Oh, I'm sorry. It's out of our jurisdiction,'" says Rivera.
Rivera says they were told to return to Queens to file a police report. But since they were unable to do so, her daughter's now-ex boyfriend was never charged for the incident. Frustrated with their experience, Rivera turned to Sen. David Carlucci.
Carlucci has since introduced a new state law, allowing domestic violence to be reported anywhere regardless of where it happened.
"Reporting is the first step in saving a survivor's life and possibly the lives of their children. Currently, New York state law is making it challenging for survivors to come forward and stay safe. We have to address the domestic violence crisis now," Carlucci said in a statement Friday.
"What happened with us is over and done with. This is all about future victims and so they never have to go through what we went through," says Rivera.
Carlucci's office says it expects the jurisdiction law to pass the Senate on Tuesday. He's also behind three other bills being introduced to protect survivors dealing with domestic violence and divorce as well as custody.