Virtual Public Hearings on Accountability Programs
The New York State Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence is holding two virtual public hearings on accountability programs for those who harm their partners. We are recruiting survivors and individuals who have harmed their intimate partners to provide testimony. Written testimony can be submitted through June 30. If you are interested in being invited to give oral testimony, please submit your reply by June 10. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
NYS Domestic and Sexual Violence Hotline RFP
The New York State Domestic & Sexual Violence Hotline 2021 – 2024 Request for Proposal is available. Proposal due date is July 9, 2021 12:00PM EST. Applications must be submitted in the Grants Gateway. OPDV will fund one grant of up to $1,860,000.00 for the contract period October 1, 2021 – September 30, 2024. Join us for our Pre-Bid Webinar on June 9th at 10AM. Learn more: https://on.ny.gov/3fnUrJO.
OPDV is hiring four new positions: Domestic Violence Program Specialist item #00390, Administrative Assistant 1 item #00530, Domestic Violence Program Specialist item #00402 and Senior Administrative Analyst item #00520. Learn more: https://on.ny.gov/3wDwF29.
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For Your Safety:
- Call 911 if you are in immediate danger and the police will respond.
- Seek treatment at a hospital emergency department if needed. Hospitals are open and a safe place to go for medical care.
- Add NYS resource info (above) under a fake contact name to avoid suspicion.
- Create a code word for friends and family that will tell them you need help.
- Know the areas in your home with a lock on the door.
- Prepare a go-bag with important documents, medication and extra clothing.
- Tell your family and friends where you will flee if you need to leave urgently.
- Talk with your children about safety so they have a sense of acceptable situations.
- Advocates are available to help you days, evenings and weekends.
Be an Ally:
- Listen without judgment.
- Support their decisions – they made their choices for a reason.
- Remind them that it's not their fault – there is no excuse for abuse.
- Let them know all services are still up and running – 911, shelters, healthcare
- Refer them to the services above – text, chat or call an advocate.
- Help them brainstorm other places they can stay.
- Remind them that they are not alone.
- Build on their strengths – they've survived.
- Talk about their options.
- Ask how you can help and what they need.
- Don't tell them what to do. It’s time they have control over their own life.