Leading the Field
The NYS Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence is increasingly seen as a resource for information on domestic violence. In 2009, state and national media contacted OPDV on more than 50 occasions. State officials, such as OPDV’s Executive Director and the state Deputy Secretary for Public Safety were interviewed and quoted on the topic of domestic violence on television, radio and in newspapers. Television shows such as “Good Morning America” and “Castle” requested information and resources.
New York State officials provided guidance to government and advocacy groups throughout the United States, upon request. OPDV Staff was invited to present at the Annual National Alliance to End Homelessness conference in Washington DC. The workshop on Safety as a Priority: Serving Survivors of Domestic Violence examined how to provide safety for survivors while providing them with housing and comprehensive services. OPDV Staff also presented a full day workshop on Domestic Violence and Traumatic Brain Injury in Portland, Oregon for the Multnomah County DV Coordinators Office. OPDV Executive Director received the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence’s Justice Award and the New York State Bar Association’s Special Achievement in Public Service award.
New York State is also seen as a cutting-edge domestic violence expert on
the international front. Textbook publishers in Brazil and Canada requested
rights to reproduce OPDV educational materials. The largest Russian television
producer contacted OPDV for assistance in filming a documentary. A London-based
organization requested materials in Russian for an upcoming training. The Nation,
a renowned weekly magazine, contacted OPDV for information on domestic violence
statutes in Western Europe, from a historical perspective.