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Domestic Violence: Is New York Tough Enough?
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Domestic Violence: Is New York Tough Enough?

On July 6th former Buffalo Sabre Matthew Barnaby was sentenced to community service stemming from a domestic violence incident. Erie County DA Frank Sedita III said the ex-hockey player turned TV analyst, was “over-charged” and that if convicted of the original charges he would have been deported, back to his native Canada.

DA Sedita says his team, along with Barnaby’s lawyers, and the victim worked out an agreement that includes misdemeanors and could potentially be dismissed if he complies with the judge’s conditions. Those conditions are to perform 500 hours of community services and continue with his anger management counseling.

Some of the comments that this story received made it seem that most people in Buffalo think that because Barnaby didn’t physically assault his wife then it wasn’t domestic violence. According to domesticviolence.org the definition of domestic violence is:

Domestic violence and emotional abuse are behaviors used by one person in a relationship to control the other. Partners may be married or not married; heterosexual, gay, or lesbian; living together, separated or dating.

While the Barnaby case did not escalate to physical violence against anyone, many other cases in WNY do, and the government and criminal justice professionals are taking steps to prevent that from happening.

See what the Department of Criminal Justice Services and Governor Coumo are doing to protect victims of domestic violence and abuse by reading Domestic violence: Is New York tough enough

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