Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence


Summary of New York State Domestic Violence and Related Laws by Subject (beginning from 1995)

How to Read the Summary

Each law description in this summary includes the following information:

Name of Bill  (Assembly bill # and sponsor name/Senate bill # and sponsor name)

Brief description of the bill.

Signed:  year the bill was signed into law and the Chapter # (a number assigned to all new laws, by year)

Effective: date the new law went into effect

Amends:  what sections (§§) of NYS law the bill amended

For example:

Domestic Violence/Custody Factor  (A.2446-C Weinstein/S.7403-B Saland)

Amends the Family Court Act and Domestic Relations Law,  requiring judges to consider the effect of domestic violence in assessing the best interests of a child, or children, when making custody and visitation determinations.

Signed: 1996 Chapter 85

Effective: September 28, 1999

Amends:  Domestic Relations Law §240(1)

Family Court Act §§447(a); 467(c); 549(1); 651; 652(c)