Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence


Domestic Violence Annual Report 2013


2013 Services

Direct services are provided by some members of the NYS Advisory Council. Below is a snapshot of those services for 2013:

New York State Office Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse services (OASAS)
  • Bronx Addiction Treatment Center (ACT) Domestic Violence Program
    • An average of 51 patients were screened for domestic violence/intimate partner violence (DV/IPV) each month for a total of 612.  This is a decrease from last year, which was related to a decrease in overall admission. 20% of those screened reported being perpetrators or victims of DV/IPV.
    • 409 patients completed 4 sessions/workshops on IPV psycho-education.  They reported gaining an awareness of DV/IPV.  The number of patients receiving this intervention decreased by 43 patients due to a decrease in overall admission.
    • 74 women attended 4 DV counseling and peer support group sessions and were offered an opportunity to share their story.  There were 10 LGBT patients who participated in the group and identified as victims.  Overall, 60% who attended reported being victims and 50% of those who attended were able to develop a safety plan with aftercare referral offered at discharge.  This year there was a significant increase in female participation in these groups with reports that some heard about the IPV/DV program from former patients.

For more information visit the OASAS website.

New York State Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS)
  • OCFS has oversight of 162 licensed residential domestic violence programs and 87 approved non-residential programs.  These programs provided residential services to 15,536 adults and children and non-residential services to approximately 41,600 adults and children.  Technical assistance was provided through a variety of sources to all residential and non-residential domestic violence programs.  Through its home and regional offices, OCFS staff provided on-site monitoring and technical assistance in program and policy development, as well as in licensing, financial and contract issues.  The effects of the technical assistance have included improved quality of services, improved documentation of program impacts, and improved coordination among stakeholders.
  • OCFS licenses and approves domestic violence programs and distributes Federal Family Violence Prevention and Services Act (FFVPSA) funds, if available, to support the viability of residential and non-residential programs. In 2013, FFVPSA funds were allocated equally to all approved residential and non-residential domestic violence programs in the state on a non-competitive basis.  Each of the 93 applicants was eligible to receive an award of up to $34,984 to support general operating expenses, health and safety improvements and/or program enhancements.
  • OCFS utilizes the internet based DV Information System to identify information that will be useful to programs and communities in identifying trends and gaps to assist in further supporting and enhancing services for victims of domestic violence.
  • New York State Children and Family Trust Fund awarded new grants in 2013, and supports four programs whose primary focus is supporting families affected by domestic violence.
  • Orange County Safe Homes: Agency is supported with $80,000 for co-location of Domestic Violence (DV) advocate at the CPS office to provide protocol development, case consultation, home visits, cross-training, and jointly work to safety plan for DV victims and their children.
  • Children’s Aid Society: Agency is supported with $80,000 to provide victim support services, abusive partner education and intervention, child therapy, and abusive partner intervention and therapeutic visitation services.
  • Edwin Gould Services for Children and Families:  Agency is supported with $98,000 for the Children’s Therapy Program addressing trauma symptoms of children who have witnessed domestic violence; child-parent psychotherapy for children 0-5, and case management and support services for parents.
  • Westchester Jewish Community Services:  Agency is supported with $91,430 to support parents and their children ages 3-6, providing comprehensive case management, home-visiting, access to evidence-based trauma-informed mental health treatment, and a host of social, recreational, and other supportive resources to build protective factors and increase child safety.

For more information visit the OCFS compendium website.

New York State Department of Labor (DOL)
  • Unemployment Insurance (UI) claimants who identify that they quit their job because of domestic violence may be able to collect UI benefits.  In 2013, 645 victims of domestic violence were paid UI benefits.

For more information visit the DOL website.

New York State Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence (OPDV)
  • Hotline.  New York State supports a statewide victim hotline providing English and Spanish language crisis and referral services. In 2013, the Domestic and Sexual Violence Hotline responded to 8,881 calls.  For detailed information regarding the demographics of these calls, please visit NYS Domestic & Sexual Violence Hotline.
  • In 2013, in conjunction with the vendor, OPDV agreed to combine the two separate – English and Spanish language – hotlines into one multi language 24-hour number. The change will occur in 2014 and will be seamless.
  • Victim Resource Services.  Through a partnership with the Office of Victim Services and OPDV, the Victim Resource Coordinator provided compensation claims assistance, telephone support, information and referral, criminal justice support advocacy, emergency assistance, and personal advocacy for 153 callers and 203 emails and written correspondence in 2013.  Victims of crime call for help with many issues, including but not limited to: systems failures (police, courts and social services), immediate crisis, lack of permanent housing, advocacy and appropriate referrals.

For more information visit the OPDV website.

New York State Office of Victim Services (OVS)
  • Made payments on 1,990 domestic violence claims for reimbursement.
  • Paid $2,504,461.60 in compensation to domestic violence claimants to cover costs such as: medical, counseling, loss of wages, essential personal property and funerals.
  • Made 22 payments to domestic violence victims for moving/storage expenses totaling $15,200.
  • Made 2 payments to domestic violence victims for security device expenses totaling $577.
  • Made 5 payments to domestic violence victims for shelter expenses totaling $710,171.
  • Provided $7,142,655 in federal Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) funds and $1,428,531 in state Criminal Justice Improvement Act (CJIA) funds to victim assistance programs that serve domestic violence victims.
  • Funded 45 domestic violence programs, 28 sexual assault programs, 19 dual domestic violence and rape crisis programs and 83 comprehensive programs that service both victims of domestic violence and sexual assault victims for a total of 175 programs across the state.
  • Funded victim assistance programs served 105,969 primary and 7,488 secondary domestic violence victims.

For more information visit the OVS website.