Plans for 2011
As always, much of the work done in 2010 will bear fruit in 2011 and beyond. In addition, a few new efforts are scheduled to start in 2011. Already this year we have seen initial results of the strangulation statute passed in 2010, showing that in the first 15 weeks of its existence it was charged over 2,000 times across the state, a remarkably rapid and robust utilization of new legislation. The Municipal Police Training Council also adopted a model curriculum in March that accompanies the model Domestic Incident Policy they adopted last December, creating a comprehensive package that will be received by certified domestic violence trainers this summer. We held a competition among teens earlier this year to identify a slogan for a new dating abuse webpage and Facebook page we plan to launch this summer and new domestic violence legislation is already being generated by the legislature. It promises to be a productive year!
At the start of this New Year, and with the strong support of a new administration, we look forward to moving forward on the following projects in 2011:
- Launch of a statewide Domestic Incident Report repository;
- Launch of an OPDV dating abuse webpage and Facebook page;
- Training of certified domestic violence police trainers to the updated Domestic Incident Policy;
- Issuance of new informational guides on topics such as firearms and domestic violence, family justice centers, and trafficking;
- Publication of a report to the legislature in July regarding the impact of the expanded access to Family Court law;
- All NYS DV Advisory Council members will address prevention in some way during the course of the year;
- Issuance of 2011 dashboard, annual report, and domestic homicide report;
- Enhanced “Shine the Light” effort in October, including a webinar with local providers explaining to their colleagues how to “go purple”;
- Completion of roll call video trainings for police on best practice regarding the completion of domestic incident reports;
- Release of a web-based training tool for police and supervising agencies on the topics of mandatory arrest and expanded access to family court, and interview techniques for victims and perpetrators of domestic violence and/or sexual assault;
- Creation of statewide guidelines for the safe use of supervised visitation in family court cases that involved domestic violence;
- Ongoing training of thousands of governmental employees in police, probation, child welfare, public assistance, mental health, and other disciplines.