It is our great pleasure to welcome you to the inaugural edition of the new electronic OPDV Bulletin. For many years OPDV produced a popular print Bulletin: we hope you find this format even more helpful, and as full of practical information about resources, best practices, and updates in the field as ever.
This edition of the OPDV Bulletin marks an exciting milestone in New York State’s response to domestic violence: the 25th anniversary of the NYS Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence (OPDV). We are the only state in the union that has such an office dedicated to domestic violence, and we are proud of the tremendous progress that has been made over these past 25 years. We look forward to continuing our work with you to bring about even more positive change.
We are also publishing now to reaffirm NYS’s recognition of October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and we invite you to join us in promoting awareness and prevention work this month, and every month. OPDV has updated its website with a new look, and new information for providers – please use it as a resource as you plan your future activities.
We hope you enjoy this and future issues of the OPDV Bulletin; it will be published quarterly. Share it with anyone you think would find it useful. OPDV welcomes your feedback on how to make this resource most helpful for you. Together we can make our state safer for all New Yorkers.
Governor David A. Paterson
Amy Barasch, OPDV Executive Director