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Domestic Violence Advocate Resources

New York State Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence

In addition to training and technical assistance, NYSOPDV provides resources on understanding domestic violence and tips for courtroom advocacy.

NYS Address Confidentiality Program.

The New York Department of State (DOS) has developed a program that allows domestic violence victims to keep their addresses private. You can be approved to assist victims with ACP applications by completing an webinar.

New York State Coalition Against Domestic Violence

NYSCADV Prevention Tool Kit: You will find of tools and resources that can be used to support prevention strategies on a local, regional and statewide level. 

Legal Help

WomensLaw.org provides information on state laws, preparing for court, finding a lawyer, etc., from the National Network to End Domestic Violence. 

LawHelp.org offers Legal Aid referrals for all states.

Office of Court Administration 

Office of Court Administration: Descriptions of different NYS courts.

Victim Information and Notification Everyday

Victim Information and Notification Everyday: Information on how to get an offender’s status and location.

NNEDV’s Technology Safety: Agency’s Use of Technology: Best Practices & Policies Toolkit

Resources to help domestic violence programs, sexual assault crisis centers, and victim service agencies that offer support for survivors. 

Sexual Assault Advocate Resources

NYSCASA Resources for Advocates & Service Providers 

The New York State Coalition Against Sexual Assault provides resources for advocates, including resources on culturally relevant advocacy and affinity group calls for BIPOC providers and solidarity PLACE for allied providers.

National Sexual Violence Resource Center Resources for Advocates & Educators

Resources around prevention and around developing Sexual Assault Response Teams.

DOH Rape Prevention and Education Program

Six Regional Centers for Sexual Violence Prevention and the Statewide Center for Sexual Violence Prevention Training and Technical Assistance implement evidence-based/informed primary prevention strategies.

Enough is Enough

Enough is Enough was signed into law to address sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking on college campuses.

DOH SAFE Program

The New York State Department of Health (DOH) established standards to certify three distinct Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner (SAFE) Program components.

NNEDV’s Technology Safety: Agency’s Use of Technology: Best Practices & Policies Toolkit

Resources to help domestic violence programs, sexual assault crisis centers, and victim service agencies that offer support for survivors. 

NYS Office of Victim Service’s VAP Training Center

The New York State Office of Victim Services (OVS) regularly offers training and technical assistance to the network of victim service providers it funds across New York State. OVS also offers training on an overview of the FRE Direct Reimbursement Program.

Domestic Violence Regional Councils

The Domestic Violence Regional Councils (DVRCs) were a recommendation of the 2019 Domestic Violence Task Force and a 2020 State of the State initiative. They bring together regional representatives from agencies and systems in each of the state’s 10 Economic Development Regions to create safer, more accessible services, resources and responses to domestic violence within each region. The DVRCs build on local relationships between key stakeholders, including DV service providers, local Departments of Social Services, law enforcement, courts, probation, healthcare, Continuums of Care representatives, and education to develop more formal regional policies and procedures. 

The next round of DVRCs will be held in Spring, 2022. For more information, please email: [email protected]

Monthly Provider Calls

These calls, which began during the COVID-19 pandemic, are held for domestic violence and sexual assault service providers so that we can best respond to their needs as they provide essential services to victims and their families. These calls are held with our sister agencies, the NYS Department of Children and Family Services (OCFS), the NYS Office of Victim Services (OVS), the NYS Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA), and the NYS Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS), and provide state-wide and agency updates. This is also an opportunity for service providers to interact with us directly, ask questions and offer concerns. If you have any questions, or if you are a DV or SA service provider and would like to be invited to attend the monthly calls on the second Friday of every month at 12 noon, please email: [email protected]