Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence


Domestic Violence Annual Report 2012


Policies, Projects and Programs

During 2012 the following members of the New York State DV Advisory Council developed new policies and/or participated in domestic violence projects and programs:

New York State Office for the Aging (OFA)
  • NYSOFA received a Federal Elder Abuse Preventions Interventions Grant from the Administration on Community Living, which intends to draw on existing research and promising practices to pilot test interventions that can help reduce and prevent incidents of elder abuse.
  • Participated in Domestic Violence Awareness Month and encouraged staff to wear purple on 10/17/12.
  • Maintained Domestic Violence and the Workplace Policy and submitted bi-annual reports to OPDV.

For more information visit the New York State OFA website.

New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS)

Information for the OASAS Client data system is gathered system-wide, at time of discharge. Questions are asked to determine whether or not a particular individual was, at any point in the treatment process, identified as a victim or perpetrator of intimate partner violence (IPV)/domestic violence (DV). This year OASAS also added the rate of identification of significant others into our data set. In 2012 with 204,409 treatment recipients reporting the following:

Identification of Victims

  • The percentage of primary clients who identified as victims increased from 11.3% to 12.1%
  • The percentage of significant other who identified as victims was 23.2%.
  • The percentage of all clients who identified as victims is 12.7%.

Identification of Perpetrators

  • The percentage of primary clients who identified as perpetrators increased from 5% to 5.8%.
  • The percentage of significant other who identified as perpetrators is 6.2%.
  • The percentage of all clients who identified as perpetrators is 5.8%.

Overall Rates

  • The overall rates of identification represent a much smaller incidence of co-occurring domestic violence and substance abuse than has been cited by national statistics. OASAS continues to track data and investigate the disparity by surveying providers and finding out more about their practices and areas where identification efforts by providers could be improved.
  • As a follow-up to the 2011 provider survey, OASAS conducted a second survey in 2012 seeking additional information related to the 2012 New York State Domestic Violence Advisory Council focus area of screening. Providers were asked when they screen for domestic violence victimization and perpetration, what tools they use, and what services they provide. Statewide, 95% of OASAS treatment programs (954) responded to the survey.
    • Ninety percent of programs responding to the survey reported screening their clients for DV/IPV at some point during their treatment episode. 76.8% reported screening at admission, 10.8% at discharge and 52.1% at any time during treatment.
    • Screening is most likely to occur at intake in inpatient rehabilitation and outpatient programs, fewer crisis and methadone programs report screening at intake. Outpatient and residential programs are twice as likely as other services to screen at discharge.
    • OASAS surveyed providers to determine whether or not they use a standardized screening tool to screen their clients. 16.4% reported using a standardized tool but then described that tool as questions on their bio-psycho-social which does not qualify as a validated screening tool. OASAS did provide a list of standardized screening tools to choose from but 77% reported they used a tool not on the list and no more than 5% of respondents reported using one of the validated tools on the list. Hence, indicating that the tools used to screen clients may not be as effective as they could be.
    • 8.8% of those screening for DV/IPV perpetration reported using a standardized screening or assessment tool. Outpatient programs were most likely to utilize a screening tool. 12% of all programs using a standardized screening tool reported using the Abusive Behavior Inventory and this was the only tool reported by more than 5% of respondents. Most programs reported using a screening tool not on the list and most of them indicated they used questions on the bio-psycho-social. This again indicates that the tools used to screen are not validated and may not be as effective as they could be.
    • When asked what services were provided the vast majority indicated they provided referrals to DV or mental health services. Providers also reported providing individuals counseling, safety planning and educational and group counseling services related to IPV/DV within their services. The percentages of providers providing each of the services varied by program type and 9% of services reported providing no DV services within their programs but rather referred clients in need of services to local DV programs.
  • Based on the survey results OASAS revised their website to feature standardized screening tools and IPV/DV screening tools for providers.
  • Provided on-going IPV/DV education and awareness to inpatient clients.
  • Sustained an ongoing cross-sectional employee workgroup that addresses issues related to IPV/DV services for employees as well as services for clients.
  • Contributed to “Guiding Principles for Community Domestic Violence Policy.”
  • Maintained the Domestic Violence and the Workplace Policy and filed the bi-annual reports with OPDV.

For more information visit the OASAS website.

New York State Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS
  • OCFS approved the first ever State Administrative Procedures Act request. Erie County Department of Social Services requested relief from some of the core regulatory requirements for DV non-residential programs. The plan consolidated some of the DV services with the goal of better service provision for victims while minimizing costs. Erie County began implementation of the plan in January 2012 and has a two year timeframe within which they will conduct an evaluation of the effectiveness of the plan from a service delivery and cost benefit perspective.
  • On October 17 2012, OCFS participated in New York State’s “Shine the Light on Domestic Violence” day in recognition of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The 5th annual OCFS “Purple Day” was conducted. All OCFS employees were encouraged to support domestic violence awareness by wearing purple to work and lobby lights in the OCFS buildings were purple for the week. Staff from the Domestic Violence Unit manned display tables, answered questions, and disseminated literature.
  • OCFS developed a DV Licensing Manual for use by the Regional Office licensing staff. This was accomplished by a workgroup consisting of representatives from all of the regions. The goal of the workgroup was to create a manual that will lead to more consistency of practice across the state as well as be useful as a training tool for staff new to DV licensing.
  • Using the data available in the Domestic Violence Information System, profiles were developed for each county, providing information about the approved residential and non-residential domestic violence programs in the county as well as data and trends related to occupancy rates and length of stay.
  • Eleven Child Protective/Domestic Violence (CPS/DV) collaboration projects continued to be funded. CFSR data showed domestic violence to be one of the most frequent risk factors in indicated CPS cases. In each funded project a domestic violence advocate is located at the CPS office and typically provides case consultation, participates in home visits and cross training and works jointly with case workers to develop safety plans with victims of domestic violence and their children. In 2012, approximately 1,800 families received specialized services through the collaboration projects. In 90% of the indicated CPS reports in the project, the children remained safely with the non-offending parent. In 91% of the unfounded reports, families were able to access necessary supports and services.
  • OCFS worked with the Center for Human Services Research at the University at Albany to further evaluate the impact of the CPS/DV collaborations. This study will provide evidence about the effectiveness of co-location as a model, gather information to improve CPS/DV practice, and systematically study the effects of collaboration on children and families. The results of this study and more information are available on the University at Albany website.
  • OCFS released a Children and Family Trust Fund Request for Proposals in December 2012. Priorities for funding include supervised visitation for families affected by domestic violence and child protective services and domestic violence collaborations.
  • Maintained the Domestic Violence and Workplace Policy and filed the bi-annual reports with OPDV.

For more information visit the OCFS website.

New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision (DOCCS)
  • Work to gain access to the DIR system was begun so that correctional facility staff will have accurate information about Orders of Protection. This information will allow the correctional facility staff to negate correspondence and telephone contact by the offender while they are in custody. Although not fully operational in 2012, work is ongoing on this important information sharing endeavor.
  • Participated in October’s Domestic Violence Awareness Month by posting domestic violence information throughout both correctional facility and community reporting sites.
  • Bake sales were held at several correctional facilities with resulting funds forwarded to local domestic violence service providers.

For more information visit the DOCCS website.

Office of Court Administration (OCA)
  • New York State domestic violence courts, each staffed by a designated judge, heard 28,365 new cases.
  • New York State integrated domestic violence (IDV) courts use a “one family-one judge” model to bring before a single judge in Supreme Court the multiple criminal, family and matrimonial disputes for families where domestic violence is an underlying issue. In 2012, more than 2,696 new families and 14,799 new cases entered the 45 IDV courts around the state.
  • Unlike IDV courts, the integrated domestic violence initiative courts (IDVI) do not involve the transfer of cases to one court; the cases remain where they are, however the IDVI’s bring many of the IDV court benefits – including better information to judges regarding the status of related cases in other courts, enhanced training for judges and court staff, better integration with services and judicial monitoring of offenders – to counties that do not have IDV courts. In 2012, the IDVI’s served 23 new families and took in 201 new cases.
  • Continued operation of three youthful offender domestic violence courts (YODVCs) in Brooklyn, the Bronx, and Yonkers. The YODVCs handle cases involving teen defendants charged with crimes of domestic violence. Responses and sentences imposed are tailored to the particular circumstances of adolescent defendants; they work with programs developed for teens and have available intensive advocacy aimed at supporting complaining witnesses, many of whom are teens as well.
  • Developed and deployed a Court Self-assessment tool to IDV courts to assist them in planning and in identifying technical assistance needs.
  • Initiated a Risk Assessment Working Group in Erie County to review other court-based risk assessment projects and to explore the implementation of various assessment tools.
  • Began the testing phase of a Do-It-Yourself Family Offense Petition that will allow petitioners to use an online tool to draft family offense petitions at Family Justice Center sites that can be sent to the court clerk electronically. While this will not eliminate the need for the petitioner to appear before the court, it will result in fewer errors and more complete petitions.
  • Commenced drafting a Spanish translation of the order of protection to be piloted in 2013.
  • Continued implementation of the Domestic Violence and the Workplace Policy, offered work/life assistance, domestic violence and sexual assault hotline and contact information for all 62 counties.

For more information visit the OCA website.

New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS)
  • Maintained the state’s electronic Domestic Incident Report (DIR) Repository, which provides law enforcement agencies with cross-jurisdictional access to DIRs, allowing them to more effectively respond to incidents of domestic violence and enhancing officer and victim safety. DIRs are completed whenever the police respond to a domestic incident-related call for service; those paper documents are sent to DCJS, which captures the data contained in them electronically. The repository allows the reports to be searched by victim or offender name, incident address or document number. DIRs are filed by more than 550 police agencies in the 57 counties outside of New York City. During 2012, DCJS processed 313,695 DIRs, and there were 579,241 DIRs in the repository as of Dec. 31, 2012. More than 200 police agencies had access to the repository at the end of last year.
  • Worked with agencies participating in Operation IMPACT, which targets the 17 jurisdictions outside of New York City that report 80 percent of the crime in the state, to encourage those agencies to develop strategies to better target domestic violence. The following counties participate in IMPACT – Albany, Broome, Chautauqua, Dutchess, Erie, Monroe, Nassau, Niagara, Oneida, Onondaga, Orange, Rensselaer, Rockland, Schenectady, Suffolk, Ulster and Westchester – and the following activities occurred in 2012:
    • In the 2012-13 Request for Assistance cycle, all IMPACT jurisdictions were strongly encouraged to design a domestic violence reduction strategy, required to participate in the Domestic Incident Report Repository, and submit the Domestic Incident Report flag on arrest cards.
  • Two jurisdictions – Albany and Syracuse – were specifically identified to develop a domestic violence reduction strategy. Twelve of the 17 jurisdictions also opted to identify a domestic violence reduction strategy. OPDV reviewed and provided input to DCJS on the content of all of the proposals, and has provided support to all jurisdictions through technical assistance and training.
  • During 2012, as part of a Grant to Encourage Arrest Program (GTEAP), OPDV partnered with the Battered Women’s Justice Project (BWJP) to provide training and technical assistance in March 2012 to four IMPACT sites: Albany, Nassau, Dutchess and Orange. OPDV, along with BWJP, worked with the communities to assess local needs and design training specific to those needs. The trainings focused on operating within a Coordinated Community Response (CCR) framework, primary aggressor analysis and risk assessment. The trainings were held on three different dates and were attended by law enforcement, advocates, and prosecutors.
  • In addition, 295 law enforcement officials in four of the 17 IMPACT jurisdictions attended 17 training sessions by OPDV in 2012.
  • Maintained the Domestic Violence and the Workplace Policy and filed the bi-annual reports with OPDV.
  • DCJS Office of Probation and Correctional Alternatives (OPCA)
    • Required all New York State Counties to include in their annual probation plan, a goal to have at least one individual registered to access the DIR. New York State County Probation Departments were responsible for 2,171 DIR searches, about 25% of all searches made in 2012.
    • Issued State Directors Memo 2012-15: Training Curriculum Availability – Probation Interview Techniques and Offender Accountability for Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, regarding new curriculum for probation officers to assist with interviewing domestic violence and sexual assault offenders. The four hour training is available to all probation officers through the eJusticeNY probation services suite.
    • OPCA continued to grant access to and encouraged users in the field to utilize the order of protection registry on the integrated portal as well as the DIR.
    • The New York State Interstate Compact Office was granted access to the DIR and are using the repository to assist in the monitoring of incoming DV offenders and to increase victim safety.
    • Contributed to “Guiding Principles for Community Domestic Violence Policy.”

For more information visit the DCJS website.

New York State Education Department (SED)
  • Developed and issued an HR Newsletter on Domestic Violence to all employees.

For more information visit the SED website.

New York State Department of Health (DOH)
  • Contracted with OPDV to provide training for health care practitioners and other staff at programs serving women and children. Audience includes hospitals, prenatal care providers, family planning providers, community health worker programs, and comprehensive prenatal/perinatal services programs.
  • The Community Health Worker Program (CHWP) is an outreach, home visiting, information, and referral program serving approximately 3,500 high-risk pregnant and postpartum women and their families each year. CHW’s provide information, education and referrals on a variety of topics which may impact maternal, infant, and child health outcomes, including domestic violence. CHW’s are not required to screen for domestic violence however they are required to educate clients and make referrals for domestic violence as follows:
  • Inform and educate clients about domestic violence and its risk factors.
  • Address safety issues.
  • Provide contact information for local resources and local DV hotlines.
  • Make an assessment for DV through observation for physical signs of abuse and assessment of behavior, discussion, and by asking questions, based on their rapport with their clients.
  • Make any needed referrals for counseling and supportive services.

If a woman or family member is identified as needing domestic violence counseling or services, a referral is made to the most appropriate domestic violence agency or shelter, taking into consideration language spoken, location and security. Follow up is provided to all clients referred for assistance.

  • Are You and Your Baby Safe? is a NYSDOH publication (#465) which is designed to help women who are pregnant or parenting identify whether they are victims of domestic violence, and, if so, how to access help.
  • The Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Health Home Visitation (MIECHV) initiative supports Nurse Family Partnership programs in Monroe and Bronx counties and Health Families New York programs in Erie and Bronx counties. Funded programs are required to screen for domestic violence, refer for relevant services, and assist clients with completing a safety plan as appropriate. From 4/1/12 – 9/30/12, 496 women were enrolled in the MIECHV program, of those, 370 were screened for domestic violence at intake.
  • The Family Planning Program contracts with 50 providers with 200 clinic sites These programs have operating certificates authorized by DOH to operate as an Article 28 facility of a Diagnostic and Treatment Center, so they are required to screen for domestic violence. Each of these family planning programs must also provide annual training to staff on domestic violence, develop policies and procedures for domestic violence screening, and provide a narrative response regarding their efforts to identify domestic violence in their annual report.
  • The Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS) is an ongoing mail and telephone survey of mothers who have recently given birth to a live born infant. Mothers are asked about behaviors and experiences before, during and after pregnancy to learn more about how to reduce infant deaths and the number of babies who are born with low birth weight (<2500 grams) Questions related to domestic violence have been included on the questionnaire beginning in 2000.

The most recent questionnaire (Phase 6: 2009) asks the following question.

  • During the 12 months before you got pregnant with your new baby, did your husband or partner push, hit, slap, kick, choke, or physically hurt you in any other way?
  • During your most recent pregnancy, did your husband or partner push, hit, slap, kick, choke, or physically hurt you in any other way?

For the years 2004-2010, 4% of women responding to the PRAMS survey reported experiencing domestic violence in the 12 months before pregnancy and 3.2% report experiencing domestic violence during their pregnancy.

  • New York State hospitals are required to provide for the identification, assessment, treatment and appropriate referral of cases of suspected or confirmed domestic violence victims. Hospitals are also required to develop and implement policies and procedures which provide for the management of cases of suspected or confirmed domestic violence victims.
  • The NYSDOH funds fifty Rape Crisis and Sexual Violence Prevention Programs (RCSVPPs) at 70 sites throughout New York State. RCSVPPs provide services to victims of rape/sexual violence to help alleviate the long term effects of these crimes; and address the prevention of sexual violence through primary prevention education, with many providing curricula focusing on defining healthy relationships to prevent teen dating violence. It is estimated that in 2012 all clients served by RCSVPPs is 29,928.
  • The Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner (SAFE) Program at the NYSDOH approves SAFE training programs, SAFE hospitals and specialty trained health professionals as SAFE Examiners work to ensure that victims of sexual violence are provided with competent, compassionate and prompt care, while providing the most advanced technology associated with DNA and other sexual assault forensic evidence collection and preservation. There are 40 SAFE Centers of Excellence in New York State, approximately 276 SAFE Examiners and 10 DOH approved SAFE training programs. In 2012, the SAFE program provided services for 2,804 acute cases that presented within 96 hours of the assault.
  • The NYSDOH has an MOU with the Child Abuse Referral and Evaluation (CARE) program of the University Health Care Center in Syracuse to establish the Child Abuse Medical Provider (CHAMP) program, a network of medical providers specially trained to examine pediatric patients suspected of being sexually abused. The goal of the CHAMP network is to improve access to quality medical care for suspected child sexual abuse victims through the provision of training webinars and on on-line education.
  • The Comprehensive Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention initiative and the Personal Responsibility Education Program fund community-based organizations to provide evidence-based sexual health education and best practice interventions on healthy relationships, parent-child communication and other preparatory topics for adulthood that promote individual and group skills to form positive dating/sexual relationships, enhance partner communication skills, set appropriate boundaries, and to communicate with parents and other trusted adults. Referrals are made for adolescents to domestic violence services within their communities, if indicated. Information on the Respect Love, Love Respect webpage on the OPDV website serves as a resource for funded programs. The NYSDOH funded ACT for Youth Center of Excellence has developed a youth focused website that includes information on healthy relationships and other teen related topics.
  • Screening of protected individuals (i.e., individuals who are HIV-infected) and their partners/contacts for risk of domestic violence related to HIV partner notification is a required component of posttest counseling for an HIV-infected individual and of notification of partners/contacts. The NYSDOH has developed a protocol for this process entitled the NYSDOH Protocol - Domestic Violence Screening in Relation to HIV Counseling, Testing, Referral & Partner Notification
  • The Department has developed guidelines for the Partner Notification Assistance Program and Contact Notification Assistance Program emphasizing the critical importance of careful documentation and communication of any deferrals to assure that public health follow-up does not inadvertently put individuals at risk for domestic violence. These guidelines can be found at the Department’s web site under the heading When Documentation of Domestic Violence Screening is Missing.
  • Maintained the Domestic Violence and the Workplace Policy and filed the bi-annual reports with OPDV.

For more information visit the DOH website.

New York State Department of Labor (DOL)
  • Collaborated with OPDV to refine the Department wide as well as Unemployment Insurance Division and Division of Employment and Workforce Solution modules on Domestic Violence training.
  • The New York State Department of Labor computer system is archaic and inflexible. When an Unemployment Insurance claimant reports to the agency that they are a victim of domestic violence, the current system will automatically generate reports containing the name and address that are sent to former employers containing the claimant’s address. Work is progressing with the Department of State and OPDV to ensure that our process and procedures are in conformity with recent legislation on the use of post office box numbers. In addition, we try to ensure that waivers to time requirements are considered as appropriate for victims of domestic violence who opt to use the post office box process.
  • Victims of domestic violence can apply for a new social security number as a way to lessen the likelihood of being tracked by an abuser. The Department of Labor identification records use social security numbers to account for past wages and future unemployment insurance claims. Our challenge is to develop a procedure to identify new social security numbers related to recent wages while redacting the new social security information on all external documentation as well as in hearing case files to protect the anonymity of the domestic violence victim. Currently hearing case files are viewable by employers and third party agents.
  • Maintained the Domestic Violence and the Workplace Policy and filed the bi-annual reports with OPDV.

For more information visit the DOL website.

New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH)
  • Participated in Domestic Violence Awareness Month in the following ways:
    • Domestic violence support staff displaying and disseminating information.
    • Encouraging employees to wear purple on October 17th.
    • Collecting personal care items for donation to area shelters.
    • Collecting cell phones for donation to be used by victims of domestic violence.
    • Lighting a gazebo purple of the month.
    • Playing domestic violence themed movies for brown bag discussion in October.
  • Maintained Domestic Violence and the Workplace Policy and submitted bi-annual reports to OPDV.

For more information visit the OMH website.

New York State Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence (OPDV)
  • New York State Domestic Violence Advisory Council
    • The Council met twice in 2012 providing domestic violence information and updates from member agencies and systems.
    • Council Members reported out on the 2012 focus topic of “Screening.”
    • Released the 2011 New York State Domestic Violence Annual Report.
    • Identified “Domestic Violence and the Workplace” as the Council’s topic of focus for 2013.
  • Domestic Violence and the Workplace
    • Capstone Team. Supervised a team of graduate students from NYU Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. Their project includes researching and analyzing the efficacy of the New York State Domestic Violence and the Workplace program, conducting a literature review evaluating the comprehensiveness of the New York State program versus other states, and making recommendations of action steps that OPDV could take to improve the program and/or reporting in order to make the state workplace safer for victims of domestic violence and their colleagues. Project will be complete mid-2013.
    • Domestic Violence and the Workplace Policy. The current administration identified 42 new agencies/authorities/corporations that needed to comply with Executive Order #19. OPDV worked with them to begin policy development and identify a Liaison at each site to coordinate the initiative.
    • 2012 Bi-Annual Domestic Violence and the Workplace Report. All New York State agencies continue to operate with a Domestic Violence and the Workplace Policy in place and report pertinent domestic violence information to OPDV twice a year. The following reflects the information report by New York State agencies for 2012:
      • 69 incidents of DV occurring in the workplace.
      • 213 employees reporting that they were involved (victim or perpetrator) of DV.
      • 154 employees reporting that others were victims of DV.
      • 107 employees requesting DV information. (#’s not available for 7/1/12-12/31/12)
      • 231 referrals made to New York State DV service providers.
      • 132 orders of protection disclosed to agencies.
  • Elder Initiative

    The 2011 senior center law added a requirement to the list of OPDV’s mandated activities listed in Executive law: “Developing and promoting senior center based prevention programs.” In 2012, OPDV began addressing that requirement by:

    • Collaborating with various stakeholders in the community: the New York State Office for the Aging (NYSOFA), the Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) Protective Services for Adults division (PSA) and Lifespan of Greater Rochester, Inc.
    • Development was started on a brochure entitled, “Understanding and Preventing Mistreatment of Seniors.” The intent of the brochure is a preventive measure to bring awareness to the senior population in New York State about how they might be mistreated and by whom. In addition, referral information will be included so they know who to contact for assistance.
    • Development was started on a desk guide for the staff working in senior citizen centers. It will offer important information regarding the signs of abuse, mistreatment and/or financial exploitation, as well as referral information.
  • Guiding Principles of Community Domestic Violence Policy

    In 2012 OPDV received a Byrne Justice Assistance Grant – American Recovery and Reinvestment Grant, to update the 1997 Model Policy for Counties. This web document is a collaborative effort between OPDV, the Empire Justice Center and subject matter experts across the state. It provides valuable information for community systems and organizations who are thinking about developing a domestic violence policy. In addition to General Guiding Principles that would apply to all systems and organizations, there is detailed information for:

    • Law Enforcement
    • Community Corrections
    • Prosecutors/Civil Attorneys
    • Courts
    • Child Welfare
    • Education
    • Health Care
    • Mental Health/Substance Use Disorder
    • Workplace
    • Public Assistance & Public Housing.
  • 2012 Home Visiting Program

    In 2010 the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services partnered with OPDV to develop and implement a Home Visiting Program in eleven law enforcement agencies throughout New York State. Each of these agencies were required to develop the criteria and protocols for follow up contacts with victims of domestic incidents, and prove and document these targeted, follow up contacts.

    In 2012, DCJS funded OPDV to partner with one of the 11 pilot jurisdictions for the purposes of developing a written police Home Visiting policy. OPDV selected Rome Police Department, based on Rome’s development of written materials during the 2010 pilot and because of their strong collaborative relationships with Oneida County Probation, and the YWCA of Mohawk Valley.

    The program is structured similar to the pilot, so that police (and where appropriate, advocates and/or probation) plan and coordinate follow-up visits to homes where at least one recent domestic incident has occurred. Designated home visiting police officers are now able to collect additional evidence that is often not readily available at the time of a domestic incident. Additionally, the ongoing presence of home visiting officers enforces offender accountability while allowing police to maintain contact and establish rapport with victims. A longer-term goal of the program involves the closing of system-wide gaps between police, DA, probation/parole, and advocates to allow for a more coordinated approach to domestic violence.

  • Maintained the Domestic Violence and the Workplace Policy and filed the bi-annual reports.

For more information visit the OPDV website.

New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA)
  • Continued supervision of social service districts’ implementation of the Family Violence Option (FVO) including screening applicants of Temporary Assistance (TA) for domestic violence and if appropriate, the referral of TA applicants or recipients to district Domestic Violence Liaisons (DVLs). DVLs provide waivers from TA program requirements (i.e. employment, child support) to prevent endangering a victim of domestic violence. In 2012 more than 21,700 applicants indicated current danger and nearly 11,600 waivers were granted.
  • Continued to provide training on the FVO through contracts with the Professional Development Program (PDP) and OPDV.
  • Encouraged employees of OTDA to participate in Domestic Violence Awareness Month by wearing purple to work on October 17th.
  • Contributed to “Guiding Principles for Community Domestic Violence Policy.”
  • Maintained the Domestic Violence and the Workplace Policy and filed the bi-annual reports with OPDV.

For more information visit the OTDA website.

NYS Office of Victim Services (OVS)
  • During National Crime Victims Rights Week, April 22 to April 28, 2012, numerous domestic violence awareness events were posted on the OVS website calendar.
  • During Domestic Violence Awareness Month, October 2012, OVS worked with the OGS Building Manager of the Shirley A. Chisholm State Office Building located at 55 Hudson Place, Brooklyn, NY, 12217 to turn the building façade purple. State employees at that office and at 1 Columbia Circle in Albany and 65 Court Street in Buffalo were encouraged to wear purple on October 17, 2012 to enhance awareness and display solidarity in opposition to domestic violence in all its forms.
  • As part of an agency effort to address the Advisory Council 2012 topic of Screening, OVS reviewed the compensation process and added a section to letters that are sent to all claimants. This new section gives claimants the OPDV website address as well as the 24/7 domestic violence and sexual assault hotline numbers.
  • Maintained the Domestic Violence and the Workplace Policy and submitted bi-annual reports to OPDV.

For more information visit the OVS website.