Be an Ally
As an ally, you can provide information and resources to those in need. You can: share the state’s 24/7, free and confidential Domestic and Sexual Violence Hotline number (1-800-942-6906); believe a friend or loved one and listen without judgment; encourage workplaces to adopt a policy to improve protections for victims; and support local domestic violence programs. For more ideas about how to be an ally, check out our new Ally card and poster, which you also can download and distribute in your community.
OPDV Fall 2018 Bulletin
The OPDV Fall 2018 bulletin focuses on the intersection of immigration and domestic violence. Highlights include our feature article, “Coming Together as a Community: Helping Those Seeking Asylum,” and a Q&A about the legal rights and remedies for victims of domestic violence who are seeking asylum. This issue also provides information about the State Office for New Americans, and highlights several local and state efforts and resources for immigrant victims of domestic violence, including a local partnership formed by the Albany Police Department, a new employment recruitment program initiated by the State Office of General Services, and the new Visa and Immigration Online Resource developed by the State University of New York (SUNY) and several partner agencies to assist immigrant and international victims/survivors of sexual or interpersonal violence.
OPDV recently hosted its first-ever Risk Reduction Summit, designed to help law enforcement professionals and organizations that serve victims of domestic violence better identify and assist individuals at a high risk of being killed or seriously injured by an intimate partner. More than 150 professionals from across the state, including police and probation officers, prosecutors, victim advocates and service providers, attended the day-long conference in Albany.
The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence has named OPDV Executive Director Gwen Wright as the recipient of its “Voices Rising” Lifetime Impact Award, which recognizes her career-long contributions to prevention efforts.
Just released: The 2017 New York State Domestic Violence Dashboard
We are pleased to bring you the 2017 Domestic Violence Dashboard, which provides a wealth of information about the statewide prevalence of and response to domestic violence in 2016.
We also encourage you to refer to the Domestic Violence Dashboard Guide for more information about the data we have been collecting since 2007.