Governor Cuomo Signs Legislation Increasing Statute of Limitations for Civil Suits Related to Injury Caused By Domestic Violence to Two Years

Posted to Applied Web NY on Wed, 09/04/2019 - 13:34

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today signed legislation (S.2416/A.1945) to increase the statute of limitations for civil suits related to injury caused by domestic violence to two years. Under current law, civil suits for domestic violence must be initiated within one year after the incident and the law fails to take into consideration the highly emotional and extremely difficult factors involved in domestic violence situations that often prevent survivors from making the decision to initiate a civil suit. The new law recognizes the sensitive nature of domestic violence and affords victims two years to initiate a civil suit against their abuser. The bill takes effect immediately.

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