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Governor Hochul Signs Domestic Violence Legislation

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Governor Kathy Hochul

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul signed two pieces of legislation into law this week, aiming to help those affecting by domestic violence.

Legislation S.1555A/A.465A- This makes it easier for victims of domestic violence to apply to have their voter registration records concealed from public view. Now, an individual can directly ask the Board of Elections to keep their voter registration information confidential due to domestic violence instead of applying for a Supreme Court order.

Legislation S.1557/A.4496- This law requires the release of individuals from utility corporation services in instances of domestic violence. This is to keep those affected by domestic violence from paying for services for a location they have fled.

"Requiring utility companies to release survivors of domestic violence from their contracts freeing up funds for necessities as they get their feet on the ground in a new home and keeping those new homes’ addresses confidential ensures survivors can live there safely,” said Governor Hochul.

Resources for domestic violence victims are available through New York State’s Domestic and Sexual Violence Hotline, which is available 24/7: 800-942-6906 (call), 844-997-2121 (text), or @opdv.ny.gov (chat).