From the Executive Director
As we say goodbye to the long, cold winter and welcome the warmer, brighter days of spring, we recognize two important awareness events in this issue: April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and this year, April 19-25 is National Crime Victims’ Rights Week. Please visit the OPDV website for specific information about important upcoming events.
The focus of this issue is the Domestic Incident Report (DIR). In our feature article, “New York State’s Standardized Domestic Incident Report,” Bob Passonno explains how and why the DIR is required for the reporting, recording, and investigating of all domestic incidents in New York State. In our Q&A, “The DIR: A Tool for Survivors,” Milinda Reed examines the DIR through the lens of a domestic violence service provider, discussing not only the process of filing a DIR, but the benefits and barriers victims may encounter when engaging with the criminal justice system. On Page 4, we discuss OPDV’s DIR training video for police, while Rick McGuire of DCJS provides an overview of New York State’s DIR Repository.
I wish you a wonderful spring and early summer, and I look forward to our continued efforts to make New York State safer for everyone.