Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence

About OPDV

About the New York State Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence

The Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence (OPDV), created in 1992, is the country’s only executive level state agency dedicated to the issue of domestic violence. It replaced the former Governor’s Commission on Domestic Violence established in 1983. Our mission is to improve New York State’s response to and prevention of domestic violence with the goal of enhancing the safety of all New Yorkers in their intimate and family relationships. OPDV’s primary office is located in Albany, New York, with a satellite office in New York City.

Mission & Vision

Our Mission:
To improve New York State’s response to and prevention of domestic violence with the goal of enhancing the safety of all New Yorkers in their intimate and family relationships.

Our Vision:
To create a State in which communities and systems are committed to supporting and promoting equality, dignity and respect so that individuals can feel safer in their intimate and family relationships.

From the Executive Director

Gwen Wright was appointed Executive Director in 2013.
Read a greeting from the Executive Director

Our Role
OPDV has three primary areas of focus. We:

We Offer
Policies and Practices
OPDV advises the Governor and the Legislature on statewide domestic violence policy through:

Training and Technical Assistance
Training and technical assistance are key components of a process promoting positive change in institutional responses to the problem of domestic violence. OPDV offers training and technical assistance to personnel working in the following arenas:

Public Education and Outreach
Educating the public about the nature and impact of domestic violence and New York State’s efforts to combat the problem is a priority for OPDV. Our public education initiatives include:

Participation in community forums, wellness fairs, seminars and conferences