Plans for 2010
Many initiatives launched in 2009 will gather even more steam in 2010, and several new efforts are planned as well. Some have already taken place. The teen dating campaign – control is not love – was re-issued at a press conference highlighting a promising Washington County program during teen dating abuse prevention and awareness month; we have officially launched the restructured focus of the NYS Domestic Violence Advisory Council; and two statewide webinar conversations have been held regarding the implementation of the Expanded Access to Family Court.
Despite a challenging environment of dwindling resources and rising need, New York continues to make great strides forward. We are grateful for the commitment of our nonprofit colleagues to make sure they sustain their work with clients at this time, and we are determined to meet their commitment with our own. New York State will continue to work together, across agencies, and with local partners, to ensure that all individuals can be safe in their intimate and family relationships.
Here are a few of the projects planned for 2010:
- All NYS DV Advisory Council members will address teen dating abuse;
- Re-launch of teen public awareness campaign, and launch of an OPDV Facebook page as well as utilization of other social media to expand outreach;
- Submission of a model DV Incident Policy for approval by the Municipal Police Training Council; if adopted, the model policy would become the standard guide for all accredited police departments in NYS;
- Issuance of several new informational guides on topics such as trafficking, domestic violence in gay and lesbian relationships, , pet abuse, pregnancy and domestic violence, use of the presentence investigation for probation and parole, and legal restriction on guns when there is domestic violence;
- Ongoing tracking of data regarding expanded access to family court, further statewide conversations with advocates and attorneys;
- Submission of revisions to the OCFS regulations that govern domestic violence programs to the Governor’s Office of Regulatory Reform for review and approval;
- Development and distribution of materials to colleges and universities to assist them in complying with the new law requiring that students be informed about dating abuse;
- Creation of tip sheets to strengthen collaboration between reporters and advocates for improved media coverage of domestic violence;
- Issuance of 2009 dashboard, annual report, domestic homicide report and a report on domestic crimes against the elderly;
- Enhanced “Shine the Light” effort in October.
- Announcement of a Verizon Grant Program for domestic violence survivors who are starting their own businesses;
- Distribution of a joint letter between OPDV and DOH encouraging hospital screening for domestic violence, and use of OPDV’s victim guide;
- Development of training curricula for probation, parole, police and advocates on mandatory arrest, expanded access to family court, training of parole Administrative Law Judges & Investigators in each area mentioned above and interview techniques for victims and perpetrators of domestic violence and/or sexual assault;
- OPDV will work with the Cities of Albany and Schenectady to tailor domestic violence and the workplace policies for municipal governments, and training on this topic will be issued as a web-based interactive module for all State employees;
- Creation of statewide guidelines for the safe use of supervised visitation in family court cases that involved domestic violence;
- Creation of guidelines for domestic violence victims seeking to file for unemployment benefits if they experienced the loss of a job related to their victimization;
- Ongoing training of thousands of governmental employees in police, probation, child welfare, public assistance, mental health, and other disciplines.