Suffolk votes to approve domestic violence bill

The Suffolk Legislature passed a measure that aims to provide lifesaving protection for victims of domestic violence.



Suffolk Legislator Kara Hahn announced the bill that would provide a 20-question "self-assessment survey" for all people who call 911 to report a domestic violence incident. She says it will help women see, in writing, that something's not right.



The bill also allows police to use a computer system to generate a "risk assessment number," from one to 13, for domestic violence suspects. The number would help predict the likelihood a person will be a chronic abuser.



Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone has said he will sign the bill into law.


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