This website is one of the primary ways OPDV communicates with its constituents across the state. It is designed to provide you with useful information whether you are a professional in the field, a concerned friend or colleague, or someone experiencing domestic violence yourself. On this website, you will find easy access to information about domestic violence, how a victim can get help, how professionals can identify domestic violence in their work, support victims and hold offenders accountable, and how all New Yorkers can join us in preventing domestic violence in our State.
Domestic violence is an issue that affects many different agencies, systems, and disciplines, so we must ensure that all of these systems work together to help prevent domestic violence. OPDV coordinates a Domestic Violence Advisory Council, with participation from 14 State agencies as well as nine appointed community representatives, as one formal way to encourage collaboration. In addition, OPDV participates in a wide variety of other interagency initiatives, such as the New York State Council on Women and Girls, NYS Interagency on Human Trafficking, NYS Enough is Enough Interagency Task Force and the New York State LGBTQ Intimate Partner Violence Network.
We have seen great progress in the movement to end domestic violence. Over the years, the laws in New York State have added provisions to enhance victims’ safety and hold offenders accountable, such as increasing penalties for violations of orders of protection and repeat family offenses, establishing the crime of strangulation, creating the NYS Address Confidentiality Program for victims, adding domestic violence provisions to be considered in bail decisions, establishing a state-wide domestic violence fatality review team, and creating the risk reduction enhanced response pilot program. There is still much work to be done to ensure that New York continues to rise to the needs of victims while holding offenders accountable and we look forward to achieving that goal with you.
At OPDV we are committed to ensuring that we respond to concerns identified by you: victims, survivors, friends and family; service providers; professionals; advocates; legislators and concerned citizens. Please reach out to us. As a state agency, we are here to serve you and we welcome your suggestions. Our collaborative efforts on solutions will make New York a leader in the fight against domestic violence – we look forward to making New York a safer place for all New Yorkers.