(WSYR-TV) -- New York State wants to get tougher when it comes to domestic violence. Governor Cuomo and lawmakers have agreed to take several measures to strengthen the laws that are now in place.
The measures would establish a crime of “aggravated family offense” to crack down on repeat offenders, making it a felony. For the first time judges would be allowed to consider risk factors before determining bail for an offender. And, it would also establish a statewide domestic violence death review team to take a closer look at homicides that happen as a result of domestic violence.
“Hopefully, [the measures will increase] safety for victims so if someone commits a number of offenses, they may spend more time in jail, then, hopefully, give the victim more opportunity to access services to get safe,” said Vera House Education Director, Loren Cunningham.
Also under the agreement, a person who is charged with killing their spouse could not control what happens to the person’s remains. A bill will be voted into law before the end of the legislative session on June 21.