The New York State Probation Domestic Violence Intervention Project (PDVIP)
The NYS Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence (OPDV), the NYS Division of Probation and Correctional Alternatives (DPCA), and the NYS Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NYSCADV) received an award under the Grants to Encourage Arrest Policies program of the US Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Violence Against Women Grants Office, to implement the Probation Domestic Violence Intervention Project. Local Probation Departments are being asked to provide a more consistent legal system response to victims of domestic violence and offenders and promote collaboration within communities and across agencies.
The main goals of the Project include assistance to local Probation Departments in:
- development of local domestic violence policies, procedures and protocols, and
- implementation of Probation-related provisions of the NYS Model Domestic Violence Policy for Counties within the Criminal Justice and Family Court systems.
DPCA Probation Domestic Violence Intervention Workgroup
DPCA convened a Probation Domestic Violence Intervention Workgroup. The workgroup is chaired by project staff and comprised of local probation representatives who have been recognized for their domestic violence expertise. The workgroup’s activities include:
- advising the State Director of DPCA on domestic violence issues
- assisting Project staff in the development of model domestic violence policies, procedures and protocols
- participating in Project training programs and technical assistance meetings across the State.
Probation Domestic Violence Liaisons
Every Probation Department in NYS has voluntarily designated Probation Domestic Violence Liaisons (PDVLs) to the Project. PDVLs serve the following functions:
- serve as departmental resources on domestic violence issues
- provide case management expertise within each department
- participate in local domestic violence task forces and
- attend frequent and consistent training in order to enhance their already high level of domestic violence skills and expertise.