Legislation Comes Week After Police Say Raul Barrera, A Man With A History Of Violence, Attacked His Girlfriend In Lower East Side Apartment

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — 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.

“We would duplicate the same process and the same type of software, so we already have the wheel invented – we’re just adding a new spoke on the wheel,” Sen. Adams said.

LISTEN: State Sen. Eric Adams explains to WCBS 880 how registry could work

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.

That information, Sen. Adams said, would have saved Coit’s life.

“This person has seven prior incidents of violence,” he said.

1010 WINS’ Sonia Rincon has more on Sen. Adams’ proposal

Barrera is charged with second-degree murder in his girlfriend’s death after turning himself in to police.

Adams said his bill to create the registry is the first of its kind of the nation, and that it’s getting bipartisan support in Albany.

What do you think of this proposed legislation? Tell us in our comments section.

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Comments (43)
  1. Kerry says:

    j.e.n in regards to your today’s post…”Most domestic violence is mutual. This is to say that both parties are violent. Erin Pizzey, the woman who started the first women’s shelter, found that in many cases not only were the relationships mutually violent, but that women who came into the shelters often either went back to their ‘abuser’ or found another abuser.” Are you crazy? You are clearly of the school of thought that 1. a women should simply take her beating and 2. there are many simple ways for a victim to leave; therefor it is mutually her fault. No point in continuing this discussion except to say…anything that increases safety without taking away the civil rights of another, unwarranted, is okay by me.

  2. J.e.n. says:

    I was apologizing for double-posting my last response, this A.M. But the moderator took it down anyway (it was huge). I’ll post it later. Have a good afternoon!

  3. J.E.N. says:

    Good gravy, I did it again! How does this keep hapening? Sorry!

    1. Kerry says:

      J.E.N., What did you do and why should you be sorry? It’s great to have a discussion, dialogue. There will always be some self entertaining creeps who will climb onto any discussion regarding respect, safety, and dignity. Fortunately, those folks do not perceive themselves as powerful, rather they see themselves as victims, so they vent. Meanwhile, people are trying to find ways to keep women and children safe. (and…yes, male victims as well)

  4. Sabrina says:

    I believe this will be helpful to many people. First and foremost women can begin to be free of the stigmatism that they face for allowing such abuse to occur. Then she can break the cycle and rid herself & family from this disease and live a life free from this messness.

    It will give a woman back her worth,help her children understand no one deserves to be treated less than human and for the offenders to receive help and treatment for their disease.

    Please please please wake up everybody.

  5. haccker says:

    Ladies KILL HIM if he comes near you and say he threatened your life! end of story!

    1. Izzey says:


      Now, if you were a man saying this on the internet…they would have broken down your door already, and carted you away in handcuffs.

      Is anybody listening???

  6. j.e.n. says:

    Kerry, This is not a ‘chronic’ behavior. When addressed at the correct source (which is different in every case) anger and DV issues can be overcome. And they are. In all too many cases, domestic violence (which is often mutual, though men almost never call the police [for obvious reasons]), involves alcohol and drug intoxication. This condition too is treatable. Criminal justice systems concede that it is and conduct anger management mandates, with decent success. In contrast,pedophilia seemsto be chronic. The justice system has little ability to impactit. This is a large part of the reason sex offender registries exist. Further, DV charges can be easily ‘weaponized’. They are easily levied without evidence and little consequence to the accuser. Defendents often plea bargain out of fear. And yes, this will be a field day for embittered partners. It is a leap onto the ‘slippery sloe’ It may sound like a ‘great idea’ in a perfect world; in reality, it is nothing of the kind

    1. Kerry says:

      j.e.n., Thank you for your most articulate response. I after disagree with some of your content. In my experience as a shelter director and DV advocate, I am aware of anger management ( a common alternative to jail time and mandatory compliance) and that in some (albeit, too few) cases, it is at least temporarily effective. Domestic violence is rarely a singular event, it is rather, the result of long time social conditioning, (cyclical, familial) and too often the very same characteristics (cycles of violence) make for persuasive arguments of alleged “healing.” I m unwilling to do the “shared blame” approach. This not to say that victims do not have some responsibility for their choices (once aware that they have choices); however, the real harm to the victims is the belief that they are too blame, are worthless, or deserve the abuse they are subjected to. I am also well aware of the courage of the men who have come forward for support to escape an abusive relationship and the absence of sufficient services, shelters, to meet their needs. The fact remains that rates of recidivism are too high for me to say that treatment and cures are reliable or realistic, except on an individual basis. My goal is to see accountability, prevention, and sufficient social skills, that no one, is held hostage or harmed by another. I also believe that blaming is a major characteristic of offenders, and I know few who have ever willingly admitted to “fault” If a registry provides additional opportunities for vulnerable individuals to “check out” potential partners…I am inclined to support that. However, as I said in my first post, I have not read the legislation, so I am unwilling to put my name on it. My understanding is that vindictive or maligned partners will not be providing the names of those on the list, criminal records will.

      1. Jen K says:

        Most domestic violence is mutual. This is to say that both parties are violent. Erin Pizzey, the woman who started the first women’s shelter, found that in many cases not only were the relationships mutually violent, but that women who came into the shelters often either went back to their ‘abuser’ or found another abuser. The obviously were fulfilling some inner need in these violent relationships. She, btw, was stalked so horribly by the feminist DV crowd they even killed her dog to silence her.

        Being the woman does not make one a victim in mutually violent relationships. The two women I knew who were ‘victims’ verbally and sometimes physically assaulted their husbands until the man snapped, then the wife cried abuse (I lived next door to both a different times, and in the summer you could hear everything). The man I know who is a victim is very passive aggressive, ‘yes dear’ all the way, yet provokes the responses in many ways. People get off having the power to provoke a response.

        My issue with this legislation is that it is assumed that men will be the people listed, with their girlfriends or wives being the victims. It is skewed genderwise, and thus will be misused.

        According to studies dependant on anonymous surveys as opposed to arrest records, men are as likely to suffer violence at the hands of a woman as vice versa. Men are very unlikely to report said violence because of various social stigmas as well as the likelyhood of the man being arrested. Women tend to be injured more often, according to reported incidences, but given how less likely men are to report or go to the hospital we really do not know. We do know women are more likely to use a weapon.

        Also, women are less likely to be charged with domestic violence even when they are arrested for being violent, and also women are more likely to hire or coerce a third party into doing the violence, so again we really do not have clear data concerning violence against men.

        As far as your experience in shelter work, it is highly unlikely your shelter helps men at all, so it is unlikely your very limited frame of reference would indicate a need for men.

        While I know there are some cases where the man just overlords through fear and violence and the woman is innocent of any part of it, the vast majority of cases are codependant at best and mutually violence at worst.

  7. JMC says:

    Kerry, This is not a ‘chronic’ behavior. When addressed at the correct source (which is different in each case), anger and violence issues can be overcome- and they are. In all too many cases, domestic violence (which is often mutual, though men seldom call police) involves alcohol and drug intoxication. This condition is treatable. In fact, criminal justice systems already address this with anger management, to decent success. In cotrast, pedophilia is an illness that seems to be chronic. The justice system has little ability to impact this. This is a large part of the reason for a sex offender registry. Further, DV charges can be very easily ‘weaponized’. They are easily levied without evidence and people often plea bargain out of fear. And yes, this will be a field day for embittered partners. It is a great leap onto the slippery slope

  8. Wolf says:

    Let’s hope the Domestic Violence registry includes women too. The news always makes it sound like only men commit these horrible acts against women. So many women commit these crimes and men are too embarrassed to report it. If women want equal work rights, voting rights and such, then they too can have their fair share of jail cells.

  9. Rod in says:

    Let’s see how many Registries I can get on. It’s the new Playa game, along with how many brats you can impregnate on welfare.

  10. Trishe says:

    What is that going to do?? Absolutely NOTHING! Why not work on making the order of protection work. Why not work on helping men/women flee safely from a violent partner…it should not be an underground thing.

  11. BobStuan says:

    The problem with such a system is it would not be accurate. Women are already not charged for DV at rates anywhere representative of how often they commit it, and this will just further advance the false notion that only men are violent.

  12. Dina Tush says:

    THERE IS ALREADY LEGISLATION OUT- THE DANIELLE DI MEDICI AND JESSICA TUSH LAW BILL #5396 Through Assemblyman Matt Titone- Staten Island- He has been working on it for over a year. It is a Domestic Violence Registry. Please check out our Facebook page- The Jessica Tush Act- Bill 4596- to educate children about Dating Abuse, Respect, Self Esteem and How to Handle Rejection. Thank you, Dina Tush

    Read more at the Washington Examiner: http://washingtonexaminer.com/news/2011/04/ny-legislators-propose-domestic-violence-registry#ixzz1JsCHtEVU

  13. Dina Tush says:

    There is already a bill for a Domestic Violence Registry, It is The DAnielle DI Medici and Jessica Tush Law- trough Assemblyman Matt Titone- Bill 5396. We have been working on it for over a year now.

  14. A. Belmosa says:

    Good Morning All!

    This bill for having domestic violent partners whether it’s man or woman register on a list for D.V. is long overdue! Because order-of-protections are useless and a joke to the predators that are causing the violence. In this instance, it’s killed or be killed! Take matters into your own hands! You see what keeps happening to those that, so believe this piece of paper will protect them, when they are in great danger! Yes DEAD! Get it done already! And stop talking about it! Hell Be about IT!

    The other problem is the legislate always wants to put a bill in motion when a caucasian women is the one that is found DOA! That is truly something! The Willie Lynch Syndrome still exists I see! It’s okay to abuse and kill your own but not the caucasian one!

    We need to do the right thing by the American Tax paying citizens, who come in all variations! IT should not take this long to get these much needed bills going, after so many are taken out so violently! Enough is Enough and Too Much is Plenty! Do The Right Thing Already!

    Be Well
    Previous Order-of-Protection MEmber!

  15. No Way says:

    Domestic violance can be any number of things from verbal assults to actual physical ones. Women use this as a silver bullet to have thier husbands removed from the home when the are going or about to go through a divorce. That is the God honest truth. The lawmakers, judges, lawyers, and the rest of the sytem love it becuase it gets another person into the system. A prejudice awful system the now appears only to be getting worse. This registry will just ruin a lot of peoples lives and further the distance between man and women. Do not let it pass.

  16. Johnny says:

    I wouldn’t trust a senator who has just told two blatant lies. The software is never a major cost in setting up a registry. It is the manpower required to input all the data of previous convictions combined with the bureaucracy to maintain it that can cost billions of dollars. Lie #2: The man was convicted of assaulting another man so how can that be domestic violence.

  17. Miguel says:

    Just look up someones criminal record. No need to make a registry. In this day and age you can get someones criminal record online. Most of us can do it from our mobile phones. I mean really people. Most of the DV cases we see in the news are past a registry. And last time I checked a sex offenders registry didn’t stop a sex offender from doing the crime again.

    1. Rayana says:

      If you want to look up someones criminal record it costs money. If people are going to make choices to break the law by sexually abusing someone or physically abusing someone, this information should be easily accessible. Registering makes this possible. Sexual offenders do not usually kill people and they have to register. Domestic violence offenders have a history of murdering their victims, so why shouldn’t they have to register too????

  18. 1608 says:

    So what u r sayin it’s ok 4 white men 2 kill white women. 4 1 2 kill another is wrong………..
    Get it….

  19. JNIHIJNI says:


  20. reggie ellis says:

    Bad idea. I was falsely accused by my sister and found myself in family court fighting an order of protection that was obtained on a lie and without my knowledge. It is just that easy.God is good, I won my case, but others may not be as blessed as I am. People who are bent on using the domestic violence laws for revenge know how to work the system, trust me. Finally, are the legislators talking about convictions in criminal court or family court.

    1. Fgs says:

      I agree with you. What the hell does a Domestic conviction have to do with public safety. Sex offenders can prey on society. Where would it end? Law Enforcement can do Criminal History if needed. Domestics are supposed to be confidential.

  21. Good idea, it’s about time.

  22. EDUCATE URSELF says:

    Most white women are killed by white men. Check the statistics. That’s why they love BLACK MEN so much.

  23. ABM says:

    Eric Adams is the white man’s DOG. How about a registry for cops that kill innocent unarmed people?

  24. John Miller says:

    Why a DOMESTIC violence registration? Another registry that registers mainly men.

    Would not have saved the woman, because the guy did public violence against another man before

    What about an arsonist registration? I want to know if an arsonist moves in next door!

    Or a store thief registration.

    Maybe register all violent and dangerous criminals!?

    1. Kerry says:

      The fact that more than 90% of DV offenders are men does not preclude that women would be listed as well, if they offended. Sorry, but you cannot blame the numbers, they are what they are.

      DV is a violent crime. THAT is why vulnerable people need to be warned. I would not be opposed to a registry of all violent criminals.

      1. BobSutan says:

        Absolutely false. Women commit DV at equal rates as men when it comes to bidirectional violence, and women are the perpetrators of 70% of DV when it’s unidirectional violence.

      2. Jen K says:

        Actually you should do some homework there, kerry. Even the DOJ reports 18% of DV victims are men. That is based on very, very skewed records of police convictions, which do not show the whole story. Studies based on non-gendered reporting (asking men and women the same questions) show that men are just as likely as women to be abused.

        If you are going to sit back and rely on the numbers, you should at least try to get those numbers right.

    2. concerned citizen says:

      Why not a dirty cop registry? I need to know if one moves into my neighborhood.

      1. JFK Jr. says:

        They are all dirty. But great comment.

  25. pugphan says:

    Hey that is way cool just like sex offenders…it is indeed about time. smokersodysseycom

  26. jerseyjoey says:

    Offenders have records with the police data base allready, why target these people be it they are not wonderfull and have issues, all you will create is more people who cant get a job over a domestic offense record. Look Liberals, im not saying these idiots dont deserve what they get but why make it worse after these idiots get out and you can pay for it too, sounds like Big Gov gone way way way to far and demoncrates and liberals want this, How bout the criminal justice system we allready have is fine , just let them do there job without the BS from ACLU and other idiots that throttle the system to a hault. You could ship the offenders to Stafford Twp New Jersey where instead of shooting wild turkeys they will be thrilled to shoot them for you.

  27. kendra says:

    i think that is a good idea but tell me something are we *The women *supposed to ask for background checks on men with these problems how excactly is this suppossed to work?or is that just for cops to look into…and does this pertain to women who beat up on men as will?

    1. Kerry says:

      If it works the same way as the child sexual abuse perpetrators, there would be an online site that anyone could access.

  28. Kerri says:

    100% great idea

  29. Abe Froman says:

    Great idea. Why should crazy be kept secret from everyone else?

  30. mysticw0lf says:

    YOU are why this is a good law!

  31. Kerry Bassett says:

    It would be more responsible to respond after reading the entire legislation; however, considering only what we know now, I would support it 100%, Perpetrators of domestic violence do not do it once…and only to one person, it is chronic, ongoing, increases in violence, and it would be beneficial for women to have resource, since perps are particularly good at “fooling” their victims by being gracious and charming to lure them in.

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