Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence

Information for Professionals

New York State Homicide Reduction Programs

Are you thinking of starting a homicide risk reduction program in your community? Existing New York State programs can be a valuable source of information for getting started. Below you will find information on established programs across New York. Please note, the contact information below is intended for use by domestic violence professionals. If you are a survivor looking for resources, please call the New York State Hotline.

City of Troy High-Risk Project

    Program Partners/Participants: Unity House of Troy, Inc. (Domestic Violence Services), Troy Police Department, Rensselaer County Probation Department, Rensselaer County District Attorney’s Office<
    Lead Organization: Unity House of Troy, Inc. (Domestic Violence Services)
    Jurisdiction: City of Troy, NY
    County: Rensselaer
    Funding source (if applicable): New York State Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence (OPDV)
    Model used: Maryland Network Against Domestic Violence (MNADV)’s Lethality Assessment Program model, High Risk Team Model
    Tools used: MNADV’s LAP assessment, Dr. Campbell’s Danger Assessment
    Contact Information:
    Ms. Sarah McGaughnea, High-Risk Project Team Coordinator
    smcgaughnea@unityhouseny.org

     

    Brief description of the program:
    The High-Risk Project Team is a coordinated community response which reviews domestic violence cases within the City of Troy that display risk factors associated with intimate partner homicide. The High-Risk Team includes representatives from Unity House Domestic Violence Services, the Rensselaer County District Attorney’s Office, the Troy Police Department, and the Rensselaer County Probation Department. The purpose of the High-Risk team is to decrease the number of intimate partner fatalities in our community by helping domestic violence victims achieve a greater sense of safety and independence, while increasing offender accountability.

Newburgh Risk Reduction Response Project

    Program Partners/Participants: Safe Homes of Orange County, City of Newburgh Police Department, Orange County Probation, Orange County District Attorney’s Office
    Lead Organization: Safe Homes of Orange County
    Jurisdiction: City of Newburgh, New York
    County: Orange County
    Funding source (if applicable): New York State Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence (OPDV)
    Model used: High Risk Team Model
    Tools used: Danger Assessment, and we worked with Jacquelyn Campbell to develop our own assessment, specific to the City of Newburgh, to compliment the New York State DIR.
    Contact Information:
    Joanna Janik, Risk Reduction Response Project Coordinator
    jjanik@safehomesorangecounty.org

     

    Brief description of the program: Safe Homes of Orange County, with support from the City of Newburgh Police Department, Orange County District Attorney’s Office, Orange County Probation, and other community based organizations, will create the Risk Reduction Response Program. This program is a multidisciplinary team, multi-pronged intervention for high risk domestic violence cases. The overall goal of the Risk Reduction Response Program is to increase victim safety, offender accountability, and reduce violence and domestic violence homicides. The program will improve the system response to high risk domestic violence cases and ensure a better understanding of domestic violence and risk assessment by all partners. The Risk Reduction Response Program will be rooted in evidence-based screening instruments and established policies, protocols, and procedures that help all team partners asses for high-risk and provide appropriate interventions.

Dutchess County High Risk Case Management Project
    Program Partners/Participants: Dutchess County Department of Community and Behavioral Health, Dutchess County District Attorney’s Office, Dutchess County Office of Probation and Community Corrections, Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office, Family Services, Grace Smith House, New York State Police, Universal Response to Domestic Violence, the East Fishkill Police Department, the Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department, the Hyde Park Police Department, the Village of Fishkill Police Department, the Town of Fishkill Police Department, the City of Beacon Police Department, the Village of Wappingers Police Department, and the City of Poughkeepsie Police Department.
    Lead Organization: Family Services
    County: Dutchess
    Funding source (if applicable): New York State Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence (OPDV)
    Model used: Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center Domestic Violence High Risk Team Model and Maryland Network to End Domestic Violence Lethality Assessment Program
    Tools used: Dr. Jacquelyn Campbell Danger Assessment and Maryland Network to End Domestic Violence Lethality Screen for First Responders
    Contact Information:
    Leah Feldman, Director Family Services Center for Victim Safety and Support
    lfeldman@familyservicesny.org

     

    Brief description of the program: Dutchess County’s High Risk Case Management Project was created in response to 5 intimate partner homicides over two years in Dutchess County and has been operational since 2012. The goal of this project is to reduce lethality in domestic violence cases with the goal of preventing homicide. It is essential to the community to have a collaborative understanding of the potential lethality that exists within high risk domestic violence cases. The High Risk Team, modeled from the Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center Domestic Violence High Risk Team Model, is a multidisciplinary group of local professionals that identifies and addresses the most serious and potentially lethal cases of domestic violence in the county. As part of the initiative, Family Services also partners with local law enforcement agencies in the Maryland Network to End Domestic Violence Lethality Assessment Program. The program has established an effective method to connect victims of domestic violence who have the greatest risk of being seriously injured or killed by their abusers to a domestic violence service provider immediately following an abusive incident. The immediate connection with a counselor/advocate allows for immediate safety planning, interventions with the criminal justice system and the courts, and access to services such as the 24-hour crisis hotline, court advocacy, and counseling.

Brooklyn Domestic Violence High Risk Team

    Program Partners/Participants: Kings County District Attorney’s Office, New York City Department of Corrections, New York City Department of Probation, New York City Human Resources Administration, New York City Police Department, New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision, Safe Horizon
    Lead Organization: Kings County District Attorney’s Office and Safe Horizon
    Jurisdiction: East New York, Brooklyn, New York (75th precinct)
    County: Kings
    Funding source (if applicable): Office on Violence Against Women
    Model used: Based on the Domestic Violence High Risk Team model, Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center
    Tools used: Danger Assessment, New York State Domestic Incident Report
    Contact Information:
    Nicole Gonzalez, Safe Horizon, Director, Domestic Violence High Risk Team Nicole.Gonzalez@safehorizon.org Ashley E, Wright, Kings County District Attorney’s Office, Project Coordinator, Domestic Violence Homicide Prevention Initiative wrighta@brooklynda.org

     

    Brief description of the program: The Brooklyn Domestic Violence High Risk Team is adapted from the Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center’s Domestic Violence High Risk Team model. Potentially high risk cases are referred by NYPD and Safe Horizon, using the New York State Domestic Incident Report and the Danger Assessment. Cases are discussed at bi-weekly Domestic Violence High Risk Team meetings.

Erie County Domestic Violence High Risk Team

    Program Partners/Participants: Erie County District Attorney’s Office, Erie County Probation, Parole, International Institute of Buffalo, BE SAFE Advocate program at District Attorney’s Office, Haven House, and Law Enforcement partners. (This list will continue to grow as the team expands).
    Lead Organization: Erie County District Attorney’s Office
    Jurisdiction: Erie County
    County: Erie
    Model used: DV High Risk Team
    Tools used: : NYS Domestic Incident Reports, Danger Assessment
    Contact:
    Ahlea Howard, High Risk Team Coordinator
    ahoward@cfsbny.org

     

    Brief description of the program: Erie County has adapted the High Risk Team model to meet our community’s needs. DV Advocates, law enforcement, and other stakeholders are utilizing evidence-based risk assessment tools to identify domestic violence cases with the highest potential for lethality. Cases are then referred to the High Risk Team, where members of the multi-disciplinary team meet to develop intervention plans to support victim safety and improve accountability for offenders.