Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence


Domestic Violence Annual Report 2012



OPDV and New York State 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:

New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS)
  • In September 2012 OASAS hosted a Learning Thursday that focused on general information pertaining to substance use disorders and IPV/DV. There was a special focus on standardized screening tools and benefits of implementing them as a means to more effectively identify victims and perpetrators of DV. 640 providers and 1544 clinicians were registered statewide to view the webcast.

For more information visit OASAS

New York State Office of Children and Family Services
  • OCFS presented six regional forums for child welfare, local district and voluntary agency caseworkers, supervisors and staff from approved domestic violence programs. Nationally recognized consultants, with expertise in domestic violence and child welfare, described a range of strategies for building capacity within child welfare to work effectively with and provide appropriate services for, each member of a family affected by domestic violence. Child welfare workers were also given strategies to promote effective collaboration with the domestic violence community. David Mandel and Kristen Selleck of “Safe and Together” and Shellie Taggart for the National Resource Center for Child Protection Services co-presented. Please visit the OCFS website to obtain child welfare domestic violence guidance documents.

For more information visit the OCFS website.

New York State Office of Court Administration (OCA)
  • The Unified Court System offered the following domestic violence related training statewide to judges, court staff, and attorneys for the children:
    • National Judicial Institute on Domestic Violence Enhancing Judicial Skills
    • Domestic Violence and Veterans Courts
    • Managing Domestic Violence Courts: New Ideas for a New Era
    • The Batterer As Parent
    • Seminar for Attorneys Representing Children
    • Matrimonial Seminar: Domestic Violence and Order of Protection Hearings
    • Domestic Violence and Family Law Legislative Update
    • Common Issues in Family and Landlord/Tenant Law
    • Social Media and the New Cyber-landscape of Criminal and Family Law
    • Domestic Violence Awareness for Town and Village Courts
    • Domestic Violence Procedures for Town and Village Court Clerks

For more information visit the OCA website.

New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS)
  • DCJS offered the following training:
    • Basic Course for Police officers: 27 trainings, 507 participants.
    • Pre-Employment Police Basic Training: 12 trainings, 81 participants.
    • Course in Police Supervision: 20 trainings, 326 officers.
  • DCJS Office of Probation and Correctional Alternatives (OPCA)
    • Conducted Domestic Violence training for 25 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.
    • Facilitated 3 Regional Motivational Interviewing Trainings: Practical Applications for the Probation Officer training program that included information in the use of Motivational Interviewing for domestic violence cases and other special populations.

For more information visit the DCJS website.

New York State Department of Education (SED)
  • Conducted Domestic Violence and the Workplace training open to all employees in March, 2012.

For more information visit the SED website

New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH)
  • A full-day Domestic Violence and the Workplace training was conducted in January 2012 and webcast to various facilities around the state.

For more information visit the OMH website.

New York State Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence (OPDV)
  • Child Protective Services (CPS)

    309 CPS workers completed the two-day state mandated “Domestic Violence Training for CPS Workers” training. These 18 skills-based, interactive trainings help CPS workers better understand how domestic violence impacts families they work with and assist them in their case work practice.

  • Child Welfare (CW)

    287 CW workers completed the voluntary two-day “Domestic Violence Training for Child Welfare Workers” conducted by OPDV. These 15 trainings were skill based and highly interactive providing an understanding of how domestic violence impacts families.

  • Local District Social Services (LDSS)

    OTDA provided funding to OPDV to provide 28 one-day domestic violence training sessions for LDSS staff. This course trained 423 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. Three three-day mandatory institutes provided 42 participants with the knowledge and skills necessary to fulfill the job responsibilities of the Domestic Violence Liaison position, as required by law.

  • Homeless Shelter Training

    OPDV conducted five one-day training sessions for 94 participants. This 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.

  • Domestic Violence and the Workplace

    Eleven full-day Domestic Violence and the Workplace trainings were offered including 2 web casts with more than 515 state employees trained. In addition, sixteen shorter Domestic Violence and the Workplace presentations were provided for state agencies.

  • Law Enforcement

    36 trainings were conducted for 763 participants. Training included:

    • Port Authority New York/New Jersey Police Academy training officers.
    • Intensive Trial Skills Training for the Effective Representation of Battered Women on Custody Proceedings at Albany Law School.
    • Conference on officer-involved domestic violence for St. Lawrence County police supervisors and administrators.
    • DCJS Office of Probation and Correctional Alternatives Probation Officers’ Fundamentals Class.
    • Conference of Law Enforcement Training Directors Association of New York State.
    • Eastern Correctional Facility staff, with the DOCCS’ Director of Office of Victim Assistance.
    • Annual conference of Rensselaer County Sexual Assault Response Team (SART).
    • Naval Support Activity staff in Wilton.
  • Health Care – NYC Program

    Under contract with DOH, in 2012 began the process of converting classroom training into web-based training modules. The webinars cover 1) general awareness of domestic violence within the health care setting 2) domestic violence with the maternal and child health care system and 3) the ABCs of screening. In 2013, a pilot webinar will be provided to DOH followed by 8-10 during the year.

    In NYC OPDV continued to raise awareness among health care providers on the issue of domestic violence screening and the role of health care providers. The focus was on universal screening, assessing and interviewing for all female patients. The following trainings and presentations were provided:

    • 2 trainings for 60 providers on screening female patients.
    • 10 presentations on cultural competency and immigrant women for 200 providers.
    • In partnership with Futures Without Violence and the National Council on Juvenile and Family Court Judges on the National Judicial Institute on Domestic Violence, OPDV provided 4 trainings to a national audience of 200 judges.
    • OPDV was also represented on the steering committee of the bi-annual Health Care and Domestic Violence conference hosted by Futures Without Violence and worked on developing some of the plenaries as well as moderating various workshops.
  • Health Care – Upstate Program

    Provided a one hour training on Domestic Violence as a Maternal and Child Health Care Issue for 30 Albany Medical Center students. This training was requested under their Behavioral Science theme and was taped so that students who could not attend the session could listen at their convenience.

For more information visit the OPDV website.

New York State Office for Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA)

Provided Family Violence Option (FVO) training to staff from all 58 social services districts. The FVO training included screening, TA worker responsibilities, DVL responsibilities, district’s financial responsibility, Title XX eligibility and the role of the Office of Children and Family Services through a contract with OPDV.

A domestic violence awareness video is available to all OTDA staff through the OTDA internet.

For more information visit the OTDA website.

New York State Office of Victim Services (OVS)

OVS hosted 90 minute Domestic Violence and the Workplace trainings provided by OPDV for all staff on July 10, July 24, and September 17, 2012.

On May 9, 2012 the Director and one other OVS employee attended the full day OPDV Domestic Violence and the Workplace training.

For more information visit the OVS website.