Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence


Domestic Violence Annual Report 2013



The following trainings were provided by NYS Advisory Council Members:

NYS Office for the Aging (OFA)
  • NYSOFA received a three-year federal Elder Abuse Prevention Interventions grant from the Administration for Community Living in 2012, which draws on existing research and promising practices to pilot test interventions that can help reduce and prevent incidents of elder abuse.  As one component of the grant initiative, 200 financial professionals were trained within the grant’s pilot sites (Manhattan and Finger Lakes) about financial exploitation, other forms of elder abuse, and the laws and protections concerning financial exploitation prevention and follow up.
  • Sixty-four NYSOFA staff members completed on-line Domestic Violence and the Workplace training through the Statewide Learning Management System.
  • NYSOFA contractor, Lifespan of Greater Rochester, provided 66 training events on elder abuse, neglect, financial exploitation, scams and frauds, reaching 1,867 individuals.  Lifespan of Greater Rochester also provided 27 trainings to 601 professionals on the recognition and reporting of elder mistreatment and neglect.

For more information visit the OFA website.

NYS Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS)
  • David Mandel presented a two-day Safe and Together Model ™ training for the OCFS funded CPS/DV collaborations in June 2013.  This training encouraged the CPS caseworkers to take a different approach when investigating CPS cases involving DV to improve outcomes for victims and their children.  Attendees were shown how the non-offending parent’s strengths and preventive strategies can be used to effectively implement a safety plan for the family and empower the adult victim.  They also learned techniques for holding the offending parent accountable while supporting the victim and children.
  • David Mandel and his staff trained the State Central Register staff on how to use concepts from his Safe and Together Model ™ when interviewing callers regarding DV situations. Holding the abuser accountable and exploring the non-offending parent’s protective actions during the interview were stressed.

For more information visit the OCFS website

NYS Department of Corrections and Community Supervision (DOCCS)
  • 1,086 recruits and 34 in-service employees were trained in domestic violence.

For more information visit the DOCCS website.  

NYS 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
    • National Judicial Institute on Domestic Violence Enhancing Judicial Skills in Adolescent Relationship Abuse Cases
    • Federal Violence Against Women Act and Firearms Law
    • New York State Domestic Violence Update
    • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Trans-gender Domestic Violence Issues
    • Active Military and Veterans’ Domestic Violence Issues
    • Witness Intimidation and Recantation in Civil & Criminal Domestic Violence Cases
    • Recognizing & Responding to Stalking in the 21st Century
    • Intimate Partner Violence and Veterans
    • Understanding & Addressing Women’s Use of Force
    • How Language Helps Shape Our Response to Violence Against Women
    • Human Trafficking and Domestic Violence: The Interrelationship
    • Access to Justice Initiative for Online Order of Protection Petition Drafting
    • Domestic Violence Issues in the Disabled/Elderly Population
    • Matrimonial Seminar: Domestic Violence in Matrimonial Actions
    • Domestic Violence and Family Law Legislative Update
    • Overview of the Family Court Act
    • Advocacy for Children in Domestic Violence Cases: Effective Representation of a Child’s Position
    • Interviewing Children in the Midst of High Conflict Cases
    • Assessing Risk in the Context of Domestic Violence
    • Child Custody & Access: Understanding the Impact of Domestic Violence When Advocating for Children
    • Interrupting the Cycle of Violence
    • Adolescent Dating Violence and Risk Behavior
    • Domestic Violence Dynamics (including the Comings & Goings exercise)
    • Risk Assessment
    • Weapons Surrender Procedures
    • Traumatic Bonding
    • Stress Management
    • Domestic Violence for Town & Village Courts
    • Domestic Violence Procedures for Town & Village Court Clerks

For more information visit the OCA website.

NYS Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS)
Office of Public Safety
  • DCJS offered the following training in 2013:
    • Basic Course for Police officers: 34 trainings, 473 participants.
    • Pre-Employment Police Basic Training: 8 trainings, 102 participants.
    • Course in Police Supervision: 20 trainings, 310 officers.
Office of Probation and Correctional Alternatives (OPCA)
  • The Fundamentals of Probation Practice (FPP)training course for new probation officers was offered by OPCA twice in 2013, with a total of 60 persons attending.  In advance of attending FPP, the trainees must complete a pre-requisite Domestic Violence course accessed through the Integrated Justice Portal.  The FPP course itself includes modules on Domestic Violence, and Specialized Supervision, and a role play activity which includes an interview with a DV offender. 
  • Additionally, the 2013 NYS Probation Officers Association Annual conference, supported by OPCA, included a Domestic Violence workshop among the presentations offered. 

For more information visit the DCJS website.

NYS Department of Health (DOH)
  • DOH Bureau of Maternal and Child Health (BMCH) worked with staff from the Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence (OPDV) to assess the training needs of family planning providers, maternal, infant and early childhood home visiting programs and maternal and infant community health collaborative; this assisted OPDV to develop training opportunities that would address the specific needs of several major program initiatives managed by the BMCH.  The training capacity of OPDV was presented at a family planning provider conference call and a follow-up survey was distributed to all 50 family planning programs to collect information about recommended topics for training and how to best deliver the training to staff working in the family planning setting.
  • BMCH staff worked with OPDV staff to develop a training workshop to be delivered to all newly funded maternal, infant and early childhood home visiting services and redesigned maternal and infant community health collaborative programs on domestic violence and how to address domestic violence issues within each program area.

For more information visit the DOH website.

NYS Department of Labor (DOL)
  • Several DOL employees completed the full-day Domestic Violence and the Workplace training.
  • 3,907 DOL workers completed the online training provided by the Governor’s Office of Employee Relations as well as additional training provided by DOL.

For more information visit the DOL website

NYS Office of Mental Health (OMH)
  • OMH offered a full-day Domestic Violence and the Workplace training in November 2013 that was webcast to various facilities around the state.

For more information visit the OMH website

NYS Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence (OPDV)

OPDV provided the following training in 2013:

  • Child Protective Services (CPS) 
    • 282 CPS workers completed the two day OPDV state mandated “Domestic Violence Training for CPS Workers.”  These 17 skills-based, interactive trainings help CPS workers better understand how domestic violence impacts the families they work with and assist them in their case work practice.
  • Child Welfare (CW)
    • 291 CW workers completed the voluntary two-day OPDV “Domestic Violence Training for Child Welfare Workers.”  These 16 trainings were skill-based and highly interactive, providing an understanding of how domestic violence impacts families.
  • Healthy Families New York (HFNY)
    • OPDV developed content material for a computer based training (CBT) for Healthy Families New York.  The intent of the CBT is to assist Healthy Families staff to recognize the signs of possible domestic violence situations in their case load, broach the subject with the non-offending parent and provide services and referral.
  • Protective Services for Adults (PSA)
    • OPDV developed content material for a Protective Services for Adults computer based training.  This CBT will assist PSA workers to recognize the signs of possible domestic violence situations, to assist when possible and make appropriate referrals.
  • Teen Dating Violence
    • Several informal trainings/presentations were provided to state agencies on the topic of teen dating violence and prevention.
  • Gang Violence
    • In collaboration with NYS Commission of Corrections, OPDV provided three sessions of “Gang Violence Collateral Damage: Silent Victims” to 227 professionals.  The training focused on gang violence and its impact on victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.
  • Local District Social Services (LDSS) Training 
    • OPDV provided one-day domestic violence training sessions for LDSS staff. The purpose is to train Temporary Assistance, Child Support Enforcement and Employment Workers at local districts about the barriers related to domestic violence.   In 2013 this course was held 23 times with 394 staff trained.
  • 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 3-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 conducts four one-day domestic violence training sessions for homeless shelter staff in NYC each calendar year.  This course provides the staff of NYC homeless shelters with fundamental knowledge on the issue of domestic violence so that staff can better understand/interact with victims.  In 2013 OPDV conducted the 4 sessions, providing training for 82 homeless shelter staff.
  • Domestic Violence and the Workplace
    • 44 Domestic Violence and the Workplace trainings were offered, including three webcasts, with 1,252 state employees trained.  One session of Domestic Violence and the Workplace Train the Trainer was held for seven participants.
  • Law Enforcement
    • 30 Law Enforcement trainings were delivered to 549 officers.  These trainings covered the following topics:
    • NYS Mandatory Arrest and Primary Aggressor Laws
    • Orders of Protection
    • Effective Use of DIRs and the DIR Repository
    • Appropriate Criminal Charges, Including Strangulation and Stalking
    • Evidence Collection
    • New Legislation
  • Law Enforcement presentation included:
    • Police Response to Domestic Violence: Continuing to Move Forward, 2 sessions for the annual Nassau County Family and Domestic Violence Conference, 90 participants.
    • Domestic Violence Updates and 2012 Legislative Changes, Spring 2013 Conference of Law Enforcement Training Directors of New York State 40 participants.
    • Interviewing, NYS OPCA, 6 sessions, 6 probation officers.
    • Strangulation in the Context of Intimate Partner Abuse, Rensselaer County Sexual Assault Response Team Annual Conference, 20 participants.
    • 14 Hour Basic Course for Police Officers, Department of Environmental Conservation Police and NYS Forest Rangers, 48 participants.
    • Police Supervision, Zone 5 Academy, 22 participants.
    • Domestic Violence Legal Updates, Ulster County Domestic Violence Information Forum, 120 participants.
    • Strangulation Review, Health Cares about Domestic Violence Day -Clinton County Hospital, 20 participants.
    • Strangulation, Legal Updates and Effective Use of the DIR, Clinton County Law Enforcement, 28 participants.
    • Trauma-Centered Services, YWCA of Genesee County, 60 participants.
    • DIR Repository and Legal Updates, 13th Annual Westchester County Police Interactive Training Conference, 150 participants.
    • Law Enforcement Response and Legal Updates, Fulton County Domestic Violence Task Force, 19 participants.
    • Law Enforcement Response to Domestic Violence, Bryant & Stratton College, 80 participants.
    • Police Response to Domestic Violence: Continuing to Move Forward, Keynote for 2013 Rochester/Monroe County Domestic Violence Consortium Trauma Conference, 130 participants.
    • Basic Course Recruit Curriculum Certification Program, NYS domestic violence instructors, 10 participants.
  • Health Care
    • Under contract with DOH, several webinars were developed, pilot tested, revised and delivered to providers.  The following webinars were delivered to 25 family planning and maternal and child health providers:
    • Domestic Violence and Health Care Awareness
    • Domestic Violence and Health Laws
    • Domestic Violence as a Maternal and Child Health Issue
    • You Can Make a Difference: Discussing Domestic Violence

Several of the webinars included recommendations on screening promoted by the Institute of Medicine as well as the Affordable Care Act.

In New York City, OPDV continued to raise awareness on the issue of screening for domestic violence.  The majority of requests centered on dealing with immigrant women and cultural issues when screening.  The following presentations were provided:

  • 1 training for 40 providers on screening female patients.
  • 15 presentations on cultural competency and immigrant women for nearly 700 providers.

In upstate New York, the following presentations were delivered:

  • Domestic Violence and Substance Abuse – 28 participants, court staff and community participants in DV and drug courts.
  • Domestic Violence & Substance Abuse: Enhancing Your Response to Victims & Offenders – 34 participants, attorneys, judges, law enforcement and advocates.
  • Domestic Violence and Human Trafficking – 18 participants, Schenectady County Domestic Violence Task Force
  • Domestic Violence as a Public Health Issue – 29 participants, 2nd year medical students, Albany Medical Center.
  • Domestic Violence & Maternal Child Health – 42 participants, physician assistant students, Albany Medical Center

For more information please visit the OPDV website

NYS Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA
  • Training on DV issues was provided to local district staff statewide and to workers at homeless shelters in New York City.  In 2013 one-day training sessions were attended by 394 social service workers from 26 counties.  Four one-day sessions were also provided to 82 NYC homeless shelter staff.   

For more information visit the OTDA website

NYS Office of Victim Services (OVS)
  • Provided Domestic Violence and the Workplace Training for 76 OVS employees.

For more information visit the OVS website