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Assemblywoman Caroline Casagrande spoke on the Assembly Floor Monday, Sept. 15, to establish New Jersey’s Task Force on Domestic Violence and Abuse. Casagrande referred victim advocates’ testimony before the Assembly Women and Children Committee that prosecutors handling of Ray Rice is too often common and urged legislators to do more to support victims.
Assemblywoman Caroline Casagrande: “I rise to support my colleagues across the aisle as well as my colleagues on this side of the aisle who have all, in a bipartisan manner, come together to let domestic violence victims here in New Jersey know that they are not alone.
“Our chairwoman of Women and Children put together a very aggressive agenda this week and our vice-chair. And we took a holistic approach. One of those things that perhaps those of you who don’t have the benefit of sitting on Women and Children heard this week from domestic violence advocates we directly asked, ‘was the Ray Rice case rare? Is it rare you can knock a woman unconscious in the State of New Jersey and not get a day of jail time?’ And, the answer came back a resounding, ‘No.’
“So while we have a lot to congratulate ourselves on – improving the lives of these victims today, I suggest humbly as a legislator that we have a long way to go on the connecting of the intensions of this House – because I assure you everyone in this House believes that if you knock a woman unconscious and drag her out of an elevator you belong in prison – and what is actually going on in the courthouses across New Jersey.
“We found out that 40,000 cases of domestic violence cases go through municipal courts and judges have an hour and a half of training, and that’s unacceptable.
“So thank you for these bills. Thank you for my colleagues who helped move them, but we have a long way to go to protect these victims.”