OPDV announces grants to expand domestic violence services
in Orange, Rensselaer and Steuben counties
The New York State Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence today announced that Unity House of Troy in Rensselaer County and Safe Homes of Orange County will each receive a total of $200,000 over two years to expand existing partnerships with law enforcement to reduce intimate partner violence in the communities they serve. The state agency also awarded a one-year, $40,000 grant to Arbor Housing and Development in Steuben County so the agency’s domestic violence services can continue partnering with Legal Assistance of Western New York, Inc. to provide civil legal services for victims and survivors of domestic violence.
The Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence awarded the grants through its Risk Reduction Enhanced Response Program. Now in its fourth year, the program provides grants to state-licensed domestic violence service providers so they can use a team approach and risk assessment tools to identify and respond to domestic violence cases that are at the highest risk for severe physical violence. The program aims to reduce the risk of intimate partner homicides, increase safety for all domestic violence victims, hold offenders accountable and reduce recidivism. In addition, the program seeks to increase awareness of gaps in services and to provide training to improve the coordinated community response to domestic violence.
The OPDV Spring 2018 bulletin focuses on the impacts on children who witness domestic violence. Highlights include our feature article, "Breaking the Silence: My Journey from Secrecy to Survival" and a Q&A about Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and their impact on resilience and survival. This issue also provides a reminder about the State’s annual Crime Victims’ Memorial Annual Brick Dedication Ceremony, an important update about voter registration confidentiality, an announcement about OPDV's two new Forem Fellowship grantees, and an explanation of the State's supportive housing initiative.