Protect Domestic Violence Victims

March 7, 2019

What: According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men in America have experienced some form of physical violence by an intimate partner.  The Center for Disease Control has established a correlation between domestic violence and other health conditions such as stroke, heart disease, asthma and substance abuse.  For a victim of domestic violence in Yorktown, other than the Yorktown Police Department, they need to drive on average 20 minutes to an agency that specializes in supporting domestic violence victims.

 

Why: Statistics show domestic violence is undoubtedly occurring in our community.  A report released by News12 in March of this year showed 24 reported cases of domestic violence to the Yorktown Police Department.  It is our obligation as neighbors to ensure professional help is available to those who seek it. In 2014, the Journal News cited the White Plains Police Department who found that victims who have quick access to lawyers were more likely to follow through.

 

How: Expanding services starts with reinforcing coalitions between local government, local police and our local courts as well as building new partnerships with existing service providers.  Proactively seeking support from agencies such as the Putnam/Northern Westchester Women’s Resource Center, Pace Women’s Justice Center, Hope’s Door, WestCop and New Dawn could yield additional services and streamline processes for victims in Yorktown.

by Matt Slater

Matthew Slater graduated Yorktown High School in 2004. He was recognized by 914Inc. as a member of Westchester Wunderkinds Class of 2015 and previously worked as the Chief of Staff for New York State Senator Terrence Murphy. Prior to his time in the State Senate, he spent time as the executive director of the New Hampshire Republican Party, following the 2012 election, and formerly served as Mid-Hudson Regional Director for the New York State Assembly Minority Conference. In addition to his career in government, Slater has helped quarterback nearly all of the local elections in Yorktown for the Republican Party since 2009. In addition to serving as a field director for Yorktown GOP candidates, Slater has previously served as a top aide to Westchester County Board of Elections Commissioner Douglas Colety, a campaign manager with the New York Senate Republican Campaign Committee, Chief of Staff for State Assemblyman Steve Katz and a Regional Coordinator for the New York Republican Assembly Campaign Committee. Slater received his undergraduate degree in political science from St. Anselm College, where he was a volunteer for Rudy Giuliani's 2008 presidential bid. He holds a Masters of Public Administration from Marist College. Matt and his wife Kellie reside in Jefferson Valley and have one child.

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