Domestic violence victims worry bail reform bill could put abusers back on the street

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Domestic violence is an all-too-common problem according to local leaders.

The Monroe County Domestic Violence Consortium held its 20th annual Legislative Breakfast Friday morning where activists pushed for more specific language in Governor Cuomo’s “bail reform” bill.

They say that right now the bill’s vague language could mean poor protections for domestic violence victims. As the Willow Domestic Violence Center told us Rochester still needs better protections.

“Rochester has… we have similar stats to the nation, so we’re talking about 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men that are experiencing domestic violence,” said Tiffany Paine-Cirrincione, Willow Domestic Violence Center. “We have also seen an uptick in our shelter and our hotline calls in the past few years so we’re looking at a domestic violence rate in the city and the suburbs that’s almost 50/50 so it’s everywhere here that we’re trying to encompass.”

The Willow Center says the best thing you can do for a domestic violence victim is simply listen and believe them.

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