Coming Soon: OPDV Announces New Request for Proposals (RFPs)
Ursula Forem Domestic Violence Program Fellowship Request for Proposals (RFP)
OPDV will soon be releasing a RFP for NYS domestic violence programs that are licensed and/or approved by the Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) to hire full-time professionals who are new to the field of domestic violence and who have not previously worked for the applying provider/program. OPDV will fund up to two grants of up to $75,000 each to cover salary and fringe benefits for the Fellow for 24 months. Providers/programs with a current Ursula Forem Fellowship are not eligible, although those who have completed a Fellowship grant may apply for an award. Anticipated release date 4/24/19.
The Risk Reduction Enhanced Response (RRER) Pilot Program Request for Proposals (RFP)
OPDV will soon be releasing a RFP to coordinate and implement the Risk Reduction Enhanced Response (RRER) Pilot Program to enable communities to better assess and respond to cases that may be at the highest risk for potentially lethal abuse. OPDV will fund up to two grants for a total of up to $200,000 each, and preference will be given to applicants who clearly demonstrate the best potential for collaboration. OPDV requires a 20% match for this RFP, resulting in a total of state-local investment of $240,000 per pilot project. All NYS domestic violence service providers/programs that are licensed and/or approved by the NYS Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) and that are neither current nor past RRER awardees are eligible to apply. Anticipated release date 4/24/19.
The OPDV Winter 2019 bulletin focuses on risk assessment and reduction in domestic violence cases. Highlights include our feature article, "An Offender Focused Approach to Victim Safety," a Q&A about the Intimate Partner Violence Intervention in Kingston, Ulster County and a recap of the state’s first ever Risk Reduction Summit, hosted last October by OPDV. This issue also provides information about the New York State Domestic Violence Listening Tours, coordinated by the Governor’s Office on Women’s Affairs and attended by OPDV Executive Director Gwen Wright, and includes a summary of recent legislative updates.
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.