For Immediate Release: 7/6/2017
Justin Mason | firstname.lastname@example.org | (518) 457-8828
Press Office, Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence
FIVE ORGANIZATIONS SHARE $850,000 IN STATE FUNDING TO IMPROVE DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SERVICES AND SAVE LIVES
Four state-licensed domestic violence service providers each receive $200,000 for two years to work with local law enforcement to target intimate partner violence
Another $50,000 state grant also will help identify and assist domestic violence victims with civil legal services in Steuben County
The New York State Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence today announced that four community-based organizations serving domestic violence victims each will receive a two-year, $200,000 grant so they can collaborate with law enforcement to identify intimate partner abuse cases determined to be at high risk for lethal violence. ACCORD of Allegany County, the Cayuga/Seneca Community Action Agency, the Center for Safety and Change in Rockland County, and the Westchester County Office for Women received the funding through the state agency’s Risk Reduction Enhanced Response program.
“It is so gratifying to be able to extend the reach of these potentially life-saving projects by expanding the program to four more communities,” Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence Executive Director Gwen Wright said. “When programs partner with law enforcement and other critical actors in the response to domestic violence, more victims can be made safe, more offenders can be held accountable and fewer deaths will occur. These programs protect the entire community.”
This is the third year the agency has provided grants to state-licensed domestic violence service providers through the program, which uses a team approach and risk assessment tools to identify and respond to domestic violence cases that are at the highest risk for violence. The program aims to reduce the risk of intimate partner homicides, increase safety for all domestic violence victims, and hold offenders accountable. 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 Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence also awarded a one-time, $50,000 grant to Arbor Development in Steuben County to provide civil legal services to victims of domestic violence. Arbor’s The Net Domestic Violence Services program will work with Legal Assistance of Western New York, Inc., law enforcement and other organizations to identify and better assist high-risk domestic violence victims throughout the largely rural county in the Southern Tier.
On average, there are approximately 80 homicides in New York State annually that are attributed to intimate partner violence. When women are victims of a homicide, their intimate partner is usually the perpetrator: Nearly half of all female homicide victims age 16 or older in 2015 were killed by their intimate partners.
The four agencies receiving the Risk Reduction Enhanced Response program grant must provide a 20 percent match to the funding and demonstrate that they can sustain the initiative in the future. Those service providers will partner with local law enforcement, county probation and the county district attorney’s office, and also work closely with other organizations, such as social services, housing authorities or coalitions, area hospitals and legal services, to implement the program. The grant contract will run from Oct. 1, 2017, through Sept. 30, 2019.
The grant recipients were selected based on those with the greatest need and best potential for collaboration. The Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence funded its first Risk Reduction Enhanced Response program in Schenectady County in 2013 and last year, expanded the program to Orange and Rensselaer counties.
ACCORD will partner with the District Attorney’s Office, Sheriff’s Office and Probation Department in Allegany County, and Cattaraugus Community Action, which serves as the county’s sexual assault services provider, to enhance victim services and pre-trial supervision and monitoring domestic violence offenders.
The Cayuga/Seneca Community Action Agency will collaborate with the Auburn Police Department; the District Attorney’s Office, Sheriff’s Office, Probation Department and Department of Social Services in Cayuga County; and Cayuga Counseling Services to establish a multi-disciplinary team that will develop individualized intervention plans for high-risk domestic violence cases and implement a follow-up program with law enforcement to conduct home visits for those individuals considered to be at high-risk to reoffend.
The Center for Safety and Change Inc. will partner with the District Attorney’s Office and Probation Department in Rockland County; the Spring Valley Police Department; other law enforcement agencies in the town of Ramapo; and the VCS Inc. Domestic Violence Program for Men. The goal of the collaboration is to identify high-risk domestic violence cases in order to improve victim safety and increase offender accountability.
The Westchester County Office for Women will work with five police departments; the District Attorney’s Office and Probation Department in the county; the Pace Women’s Justice Center, Hope’s Door and the county’s Family Justice Center. The goal is to provide a coordinated community response to domestic violence cases, assist in training and identify gaps in existing practices for responding to domestic violence.
In Steuben County, Arbor’s The Net Domestic Violence Services serves more than 500 victims of domestic violence annually. The $50,000 grant will allow the program to partner with Legal Assistance of Western New York, Inc. to improve civil legal services for victims and survivors of domestic violence. The grant contract runs from Oct. 1, 2017, through Sept. 20, 2018.The Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence (www.opdv.ny.gov) has three primary areas of focus: to advise the Governor and Legislature on policies and practices for the state; to train professionals from all disciplines across the state about the intersection of domestic violence in their daily practice; and to serve as a resource regarding the issue of domestic violence by disseminating regular public awareness campaigns, publishing materials for use by non-profits and victims and highlighting best practices. Find the agency on Facebook: www.facebook.com/nysdomesticviolence and Twitter and Instagram: @nysopdv