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.

Kingston’s Intimate Partner Violence Intervention

Program Partners/Participants: National Network for Safe Communities, Ulster County District Attorney's Office, Kingston Police Department, Ulster County Probation, DCJS (GIVE unit), Crime Victims Assistance Program, NYS Department of Corrections and Community Supervision, Family of Woodstock, and various other local service providers, the community and other law enforcement agencies including local, state and federal.
Lead Organization: Ulster County District Attorney's Office
Jurisdiction: Kingston, NY
County: Ulster
Funding source (if applicable): NYS Division of Criminal Justice
Model used: Intimate Partner Violence Intervention- NNSC
Tools used: n/a
Contact Information:
Kassondra DelPozzo, MPA-Director of Projects-IPVI
kdel@co.ulster.ny.us, (845) 340-3056
 
Brief description of the program: The Intimate Partner Violence Intervention was developed by the National Network for Safe Communities (NNSC), and is an offender-focused, victim- centered approach that addresses the most serious intimate partner violence. The strategy aims to reduce harm to victims; intervene early in cycles of victimization; and shift the burden of preventing intimate partner violence from victims to a partnership of criminal justice actors, advocates, service providers, and community figures.

Cayuga/Seneca Risk Reduction Enhanced Response Program

Program Partners/Participants: Auburn Police Department, Cayuga County Probation, District Attorney's Office, Cayuga County Sheriff's Department, NYS Troopers Office Troop E, Department of Health and Human Services, Cayuga Counseling Services and The Cayuga/Seneca Community Action Agency's Domestic Violence Program.
Lead Organization: Cayuga/Seneca Community Action Agency, Inc.
Jurisdiction: Cayuga County
County:  Cayuga
Funding source (if applicable): New York State Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence (OPDV)
Model used: DV High Risk Team 
Tools used: Dr. Campbell's Danger Assessment
Contact Information:
Crystal Walters, Risk Reduction Enhanced Program Coordinator
cwalters@cscaa.com or (315) 255-1703 ext: 225

Brief description of the program:
The Domestic Violence High Risk team (DVHRT) is a community response team that reviews high risk domestic violence cases that are associated with intimate partner violence/homicide.  The purpose of the DVHRT is to keep victims safe by reducing the likelihood of repeat and/or escalation of violence, holding offenders accountable, and providing comprehensive services to victims.

Allegany County Risk Reduction Project

Program Partners/Participants: Allegany County Community Opportunities and Rural Development, (ACCORD), Allegany County Sheriff’s Office, Allegany County District Attorney’s Office, Allegany County Probation Department, and Cattaraugus Community Action, Inc.
Lead Organization: ACCORD (Domestic Violence Program)
Jurisdiction: Allegany County
County: Allegany
Funding Source: New York State Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence (OPDV)
Model Used: Domestic Violence High Risk Team
Tools Used: Dr. Jacquelyn Campbell’s Danger Assessment, NYS Domestic Incident Reports, Domestic Violence Screening Instrument (DVSI)
Contact Information:
Nicole Helmer, Risk Reduction Project Coordinator
nhelmer@accordcorp.org
 
Brief Description of the Program: The Risk Reduction Project has enhanced and improved an already existing Victim Response Team within Allegany County. The Domestic Violence Response Team/High Risk Team consists of the project partners, with participation from the New York State Police. The High Risk Team uses Domestic Incident Reports from state and local police agencies, the Danger Assessment completed by advocates in ACCORD’s Domestic Violence Program, and the DVSI completed by Probation, to identify high risk cases of domestic violence where the victim is determined to be at an elevated risk of lethality. This multi-disciplinary team allows for collaboration, and intensive case management services to ensure victim safety and improved offender accountability in high risk cases of intimate partner violence within Allegany County.

Center for Safety & Change High Risk Team

Program Partners/Participants: Center for Safety & Change (Domestic Violence Services), Spring Valley Police Department, Rockland County Probation Department, Rockland County District Attorney’s Office, VCS Inc.
Lead Organization: Center for Safety & Change
Jurisdiction: Town of Ramapo
County: Rockland
Funding source (if applicable): New York State Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence (OPDV)
Model used: Domestic Violence High Risk Team
Tools used: NY State DIR, Jackie Campbell Danger Assessment, ODARA
Contact Information:
Dianna Millien, Bilingual High Risk Team Program Coordinator 
dmillien@centersc.org, (845)634-3391
 
Brief description of the program: The Center for Safety & Change (CSC) High Risk Team is a multi-disciplinary team comprised of the Center for Safety & Change, Spring Valley Police Department, Rockland County District Attorney’s Office, Rockland County Probation Department, VCS Inc. The goal of the High Risk Team is to identify high-risk cases of domestic violence and to maximize victim safety and offender accountability. Cases are referred to the team at which time, the team will create an effective action-plan that will provide the victim with various services as well as offender accountability.  

Northern Westchester Risk-Reduction Team

Program Partners/Participants:  Office for Women, Hope’s Door, Pace Women’s Justice Center,  The Pound Ridge, Bedford, Lewisboro, Somers and North Salem Police Departments, Westchester County District Attorney Office, Westchester County Probation and Urban Resource Institute
Lead Organization: Westchester County Office for Women
Jurisdiction: Pound Ridge, Lewisboro, Bedford, North Salem, Somers
County: Westchester
Funding source (if applicable): New York State Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence (OPDV)
Model used: Domestic Violence High Risk Team
Tools used: Lethality Assessment Tool and Dr. Jacquelyn Campbell Danger Assessment Tool
Contact Information:
Ana Rubio, Program Coordinator
Arubio@hopesdoorny.org or (914-747-0828 ext. 1003)

Debbie Lauro-Conn, Supervisor
Dlauroconn@hopesdoorny.org 

Brief description of the program:
The Northern Westchester Risk-Reduction Team (NWRRT) works together to provide safety to domestic violence victims as well as to provide accountability to any offender. The team members, through a trauma informed approach, help identify client’s needs from the moment police are called, as well as when they call our hotline. Team members have been trained in assessing for safety concerns and developing an individual plan to ensure safety for high risk victims of domestic abuse and within the Northeast Westchester region.

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 Town of 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, the City of Poughkeepsie Police Department, the Town of Pine Plains Police Department, the Village of Rhinebeck Police Department, the Town of Red Hook Police Department, the Village of Millerton Police Department, and the Village of Millbrook Police Department.
    Lead Organization: Family Services
    County: Dutchess
    Funding Source (if applicable): Funded in part by the County of Dutchess and NYS Office of Victim Services
    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.

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, Law Enforcement partners, and Erie County's Child Protective Services.
    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 Information:
    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.