City of Albany to Model New York State Domestic Violence and the Workplace Program
Albany City Hall
On October 22, 2007, Governor Eliot Spitzer signed Executive Order #19 (EO #19) mandating that every State agency adopt a Domestic Violence and the Workplace Policy. This initiative is managed by the New York State Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence (OPDV). Within eighteen months, all agencies were in compliance with the EO and in 2009, the Domestic Violence and the Workplace Report to the Governor was published.
In early 2010, OPDV approached the City of Albany with the idea of creating a pilot program for a municipality based on the successful New York State model. Mayor Gerald Jennings and his staff met with OPDV, reviewed the supporting materials, and committed to the project. OPDV then met with City administrators and department heads, and legal and union representatives to explain the program and its benefits. The City of Albany adopted the State policy with minimal changes. OPDV then conducted a full-day training for City personnel who had been identified to provide information and referrals to staff who request it.
In 2009, discussions began between OPDV and the City of Philadelphia Department of Health, Environmental Health Services. After reviewing programs around the country, they asked OPDV to provide a Domestic Violence and the Workplace training as a pilot project for the City. The training was delivered in September 2010 and the City is now creating its policy.
OPDV is available to provide technical assistance to municipalities interested in developing a Domestic Violence and the Workplace Policy. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.