New Legislation Combats Domestic Violence

October 8, 2010 Updated Oct 8, 2010 at 7:07 PM EDT

By Kyla Igoe

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October 8, 2010 Updated Oct 8, 2010 at 7:07 PM EDT

New legislation is now on the books to combat domestic violence, making it easier for prosecutors to charge someone with the crime. New York has now made intentional strangulation a violent felony which will add jail time for any convicted offenders. According to the Erie County Family Justice Center, approximately one-third of its cases involved strangulation. Assemblyman Dennis Gabryszak sponsored the law that is now in effect.

"It's something that will not be tolerated and we need to continue to pass laws to make sure anyone who is a perpetrator will be dealt with very seriously," said Gabryszak.

Malika Henry is now an advocate after leaving a violent relationship. She and others have teamed up with the Family Justice Center of Erie County to let people know they're not alone and hope is just around the corner.

"Domestic violence is real in Buffalo," said Henry. "Don't let this go under the radar. Everyone has to say enough is enough."

The Family Justice Center of Erie County offers free, confidential services and no appointment is necessary. The center offers a dozen on-site partners in one place. For more information visit: www.fjcsafe.org or call 558-7233.