Lawmakers Propose Domestic Violence Database

Registry would list those convicted of domestic violence

Sunday, Apr 17, 2011  |  Updated 2:19 PM EDT
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Lawmakers Propose Domestic Violence Database

Three lawmakers on Sunday propose that NY start a database of domestic violence offenders

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Three New York legislators want the state to register domestic violence offenders just as sex crime offenders are publicly listed.
    
State Sen. Eric Adams, Assemblywoman Vanessa Gibson and Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries announced the proposed law on Sunday.

It would require anyone convicted of domestic violence to be listed in a Domestic Violence Offender Database.

"Due to the recent events that have happened in our city, domestic violence is certainly a disease and we are here united because we need a cure for that disease,' said Gibson.

Police say 23-year-old Sarah Coit was fatally stabbed and nearly decapitated last week during a domestic dispute with her boyfriend in their Lower East Side apartment. Authorities say the suspect in Coit's death, Raul Barrera, has been linked to several violent incidents in the past. He pleaded guilty to smashing a man in the face with a bottle last year.
    
Barrera is charged with second-degree murder in his girlfriend's death after turning himself in to police.
    
 

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