Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence


Domestic Violence Annual Report 2010



OPDV and NYS continue to struggle with the challenge of bringing quality training to the healthcare, human service and criminal justice/legal professionals that need it most. As a result, we continue to bring classroom based face-to- face trainings to communities around the state. In addition, we collaborate with a variety of agencies to provide remote learning opportunities via webinars, web-casts, and other e-learning venues. The Advisory Council provided or participated in the following training activities:
NYS Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS)
  • Hosted a webcast entitled “Domestic Violence – Effects on Children and Mandatory Reporting Issues” presented by Sue Parry and Pam McClelland from OPDV. Webinar was broadcast to 242 sites with 907 attendees.
For more information visit the OASAS website.
NYS Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS)
  • NYC regional office sponsored a one day forum “Love without Pain, Working with families Across Systems.” Co-sponsors of the event included New York State domestic violence providers, community organizations, NYC Administration for Children’s Services and NYC Human Resource Administration. The forum included workshops on DV in the elderly, teen dating abuse, working with the LGBTQ community, human trafficking, immigration and technology in relationships.
For more information visit the OCFS website.
NYS Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NYSCADV)
  • Provided training in 8 of the 9 regions throughout the state. Topics included:
    • Safety Planning
    • Understanding Technology
    • Vicarious trauma
    • Facilitative Leadership
    • Advance Support Group Facilitation
    • Principles for Practice
    • Introduction to the Criminal Justice System
  • Partnered with OPDV on a federal grant to develop written curricula and deliver training to domestic violence service providers on the three high-priority topics of offender accountability, Expanded Access, and interview techniques for victims of domestic violence and intimate partner sexual assault. The overall goal of the project, comprised of five NYS agency partners, is the statewide promulgation of interactive training tools for advocates, to institutionalize a consistent, long-term response to victim safety and services.
  • Partnered with OPDV to hold a webinar on Expanded Access to Family Court.
  • 2 DELTA Program trainings for Long Island.
  • Training on the Intersection of Domestic Violence and Poverty in Baton Rouge, Louisiana for prosecutors, judges, police departments and domestic violence advocates.
For more information visit the NYSCADV website.
NYS Office of Court Administration (OCA)
  • Domestic violence training is provided at the annual new judges seminars and is a component of the training at the Court Officers Academy.
  • Family Violence Task Force training program for judges and court attorneys focused on risks and remedies, strangulation and orders of protection.
  • Integrated Domestic Violence Initiatives judges and staff received training from national speakers on judicial skills in domestic violence cases.
  • The Unified Court System (UCS) held two training programs, in Brooklyn and Syracuse, for family court judges covering issues in sexual assault cases.
  • UCS offered four day-long sessions of attorney-for-the-child trainings on advocating for children in cases involving domestic violence. Sessions were held in Manhattan, White Plains, Syracuse and Buffalo.
  • UCS in partnership with the Center for Court Innovation developed an Online Learning System, available through the court system’s public website. Programs currently available through the System include “Working with Juveniles and Young Adults” which provides information relevant to judges presiding over cases involving teen defendants, including domestic violence cases.
For more information visit the OCA website.
NYS Department of Health (DOH)
  • The Rape Crisis and Sexual Violence Prevention Program (RCSVPP) provided 4,145 multi-session educational programs to 58,834 young people. Topics included bullying, sexual harassment, dating violence and healthy relationships.
  • The Family Planning Program contracts with 51 providers with 201 clinic sites. Each of these programs provided training to staff on domestic violence and developing policies and procedures for domestic violence screening.
For more information visit the DOH website.
NYS Department of Labor (DOL)
  • Mandatory domestic violence and the workplace training continues to be conducted for all DOL employees. Course initiated in 2009, by the end of 2010 more than 3,000 employees were trained.
For more information visit the DOL website.
NYS Division of Parole (DOP)
  • Annual state-wide training of Domestic Violence and the Workplace.
  • Collaboration and development of draft Curricula for training for Administrative Law Judges, Parole Revocation Specialists and investigators surrounding GTEAP grant objectives.
For more information visit the DOP website.
NYS Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence (OPDV)

Professionals from around the state have looked to OPDV for state-of-the-art training, and OPDV prides itself on the delivery of training specific to the subject area being requested. Our training provides professional support for many institutions that victims of domestic interact with. These professionals include child protective specialists, law enforcements officers, temporary assistance workers mental health and substance abuse professionals and many others. In 2010, OPDV added training programs for home visiting staff, expanded training for homeless shelter staff in NYC and developed a curriculum on traumatic brain injury. An on-line training on domestic violence and the workplace was designed to add to the list of trainings available through the Governor’s Office of Employee Relations’ eLearning system. In 2011, we will work to revise the law enforcement basic training and develop a curriculum for training child protective supervisory staff.

Child Protective Services (CPS): 334 CPS workers completed the two-day state-mandated “Domestic Violence Training for CPS Workers” conducted by OPDV in collaboration with OCFS. These 18 skill-based, interactive trainings helped CPS workers better understand how domestic violence impacts the families they work with and assisted them in their case practice.

Child Welfare (CW): 267 CW workers completed the voluntary two-day “Domestic Violence Training for Child Welfare Workers” conducted by OPDV in collaboration with OCFS. These 18 trainings were skill based and highly interactive providing an understanding of how domestic violence impacts families.

Healthy Families New York (HFNY): OPDV and OCFS collaborated on the development of curriculum for a one-day training program, “Domestic violence training for HFNY Workers.” HFNY is a new target population for OPDV’s training. Workers provide home visiting services to families who are either expecting a baby, or are recent parents, until the children are 5 years of age. 200 workers completed the 10 skill-based and highly interactive trainings.

Domestic Violence and the Workplace: Eighteen full-day and eight half-day Domestic Violence and the Workplace trainings were offered including 3 webcasts with more than 840 NYS employees trained. 54 participants then completed one of the 3 follow-up ½ day train the trainer programs. In addition, eleven shorter Domestic Violence and the Workplace presentations were provided for several state agencies.

In late 2010 work was completed on the Domestic Violence and the Workplace on-line training available to all NYS employees through the NYS E-Learn and the Governor’s Office on Employee Relations (GOER).

One full-day Domestic Violence and the Workplace session was conducted for the Department of Health in Philadelphia.

Local District Social Services (LDSS) Training: OTDA proved funding to OPDV to provide 28 one-day domestic violence training sessions for LDSS staff. This course trained 353 Temporary Assistance, Child Support Enforcement and Employment workers about the barriers related to domestic violence.

Family Violence Option/Domestic Violence Liaison Training Institute (DVLTI): The DVLTI is a collaborative effort coordinated by the State University of New York (SUNY), Professional Development Program (PDP) with training and technical assistance from OPDV. Four four-day mandatory institutes provided 24 participants with the knowledge and skills necessary to fulfill the job responsibilities of the Domestic Violence Liaison position.

Homeless Shelter Training: OPDV conducted four one-day domestic violence training sessions for 120 participants. The course provides the staff of homeless shelters with fundamental knowledge on the issue of domestic violence so that staff can better understand/interact with victims.

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI): OPDV provided seven trainings and conference presentations on TBI, many in collaboration with the NYS Brain Injury Association.

Domestic Violence Mental Health & Substance Abuse: OPDV provided four presentations on topics related to substance abuse and mental health issues for treatment providers and court personnel.

LGBT Domestic Violence Curriculum: OPDV created a newly revised curriculum on Domestic Violence in the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Communities. The revised curriculum is available on VAWnet, where it is one of their most popular downloads.

NYS Victim Assistance Academy (SVAA): The 6th Annual Victim Assistance Academy was held in June at Marist College for 35 crime victim service providers from across the state. The SVAA is a project of the NYS Coalition Against Sexual Assault. OPDV staff served on the Advisory Committee and Curriculum Committee and also provided core faculty for the Academy.

Center for Court Innovation: Staff participated in two trainings for judges and resource coordinators in the 5th and 7th judicial districts.

Law Enforcement: 45 presentations were held for NYS law enforcement personnel with 1,104 trained.

Health Care – NYC Program: Conducted trainings and presentations for providers in the health care system in New York City and the metropolitan regional area. The focus was on universal screening, assessing and intervening for all female patients. Technical assistance was also provided along with support for battered victims when needed.

  • 4 trainings for 60 participants within the Maternal and Child health care system.
  • 42 general awareness presentations were attended by 887 health care providers.
  • 9 presentations were conducted for 60 participants on domestic violence as a public health issue.
  • 25 presentations on Domestic Violence and Cultural Competency Within the Health Care System and Domestic Violence and Immigrant Women in the Health Care System were attended by 514 providers.

Health Care – Upstate Program: Conducted Domestic Violence and Health Care training for 2nd year medical students and physician assistant students at Albany Medical Center. Presented general domestic violence and health care information at Albany Medical Center Grand Rounds for Psychiatric staff.

For more information visit the OPDV website.

NYS Office of Probation and Correctional Alternatives (OPCA)
  • Conducted Motivational Interviewing and Cognitive Behavioral Programs: Effective Probation tools statewide orientation series on evidence-based practices in 6 regions for 139 probation professionals. The series included specific information on how these particular programs can be used for domestic violence offenders.
  • Conducted 5 regional trainings of a new program: Probation Response to Domestic Violence in Rural and Native American Communities for 48 probation professionals statewide.
  • Presented domestic violence workshops at the NYS Minorities in Criminal Justice Annual Training Institute in Batavia, NY and the NYS Probation Officers Association Conference in Albany, NY for over 60 probation and other criminal justice practitioners from across New York State.
  • Facilitated Motivational Interviewing: Practical Application for the Probation Officer training program that included information in the use of Motivational Interviewing for domestic violence cases and other special offender populations.
  • Provided training for over 70 probation officers and staff of the Albany County Probation Department.
  • Conducted domestic violence training for 41 new probation officers during the OPCA fundamentals of Probation Practice training program with a focus on holding offenders accountable and working to enhance victim safety.
For more information visit the DPCA website.
NYS Office for Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA)
  • The Division of Child Support Enhancement invited OPDV to provide an overview of domestic violence services in local districts at the child support coordinator’s training.
  • BHR Personnel Administrators attended OPDV Domestic Violence and the Workplace training sessions.
  • Provided OTDA staff access to Domestic Violence and the Workplace awareness video.
For more information visit the OTDA website.
NYS Office of Victim Services (OVS)*
Provided training that focused on sexual assault and intimate partner/stalking crimes with young adults as victims for the Summer Campus Public Safety/Peace Officer – Zone 5 Police Academy.
For more information visit the Office of Victim Services (OVS) website.
Sanctuary for Families - New York City
Sanctuary for Families in collaboration with Planned Parenthood provided training to teens on gender roles and healthy relationships.
For more information visit the Sanctuary for Families website.
Saratoga County Domestic Violence and Rape Crisis Services (DVRC)
  • Teen initiative provided 174 prevention education programs to a total of 6,259 persons.
  • Provided training for specially trained sexual assault forensic nurse examiners at Saratoga Hospital, funded by DCJS.
For more information visit the DVRC website.