Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence


Domestic Violence Annual Report 2009


2009 Services

Direct services were provided by some members of the NYS Advisory Council. Below is a snapshot of those services for 2009:

NYS Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence (OPDV)
  • New York State supports two statewide victim hotlines, which together received over 16,000 calls from individuals seeking help.
    NYS Domestic and Sexual Violence hotline calls 2007-2009
    During 2007 through 2009, the Hotlines answered over 51,500 calls for assistance.
  • Victim Resource Services: Provided through a partnership with the Office of Victims Services, and OPDV the Victim Resource Coordinator provided compensation claims assistance,telephone support, information and referral, criminal justice supportadvocacy, emergency assistance, and personal advocacy, for nearly 300 callers in 2009.
  • Victims of crime call for help with many issues, including but not limited to systems failures (police, courts, and social services), immediate crisis, and lack of permanent housing, advocacy and appropriate referrals.

For more information visit the OPDV website.

NYS Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse services (OASAS)

Bronx Addiction Center (ATC) Domestic Violence Program provided domestic violence services to 583 clients. The program provides initial consultations, psycho-education, individual counseling, group therapy, aftercare planning, safe-haven, family interventions and post-discharge advocacy and support for men and women with histories of, or concerns about domestic violence. In addition, this program provides extensive staff and community training.

For more information visit the OASAS website.

NYS Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS)

Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Unit awarded $13,060,105 in Services, Training, Officers and Prosecution (STOP) VAWA funding supporting 174 grants:

  • 111 grantees were awarded $5,685,192 in 2009 VAWA funding
  • 63 grantees were awarded $7,374,913 in VAWA Recovery funding
  • 69% of funds went to domestic violence or dating violence programs.
  • 29% went for sexual assault programs
  • 2% went to anti-stalking activities

For more information visit the DCJS website

NYS Department of Health (DOH)

The Community Health Worker Program (CHWP) provides outreach, education, referral and follow up, case management and home visiting services to women who are at highest risk for poor birth outcomes. In 2009, CHWP’s assessed about 3,500 families for domestic violence risk and provided support, and education.

  • The Rape Crisis and Sexual Violence Prevention Program (RCSVPP) provides services to victims of rape/sexual violence to help alleviate the long term effects of these crimes. The RCSVPP funds at least one Rape Crisis Center in every county.
For more information visit the DOH website.
NYS Department of Labor (DOL)
  • Provided unemployment insurance to several hundred NYS clients who lost employment due to domestic violence issues.

For more information visit the DOL website.

Sanctuary for Families (NYC)
  • Served over 10,400 domestic violence survivors, trafficking victims and children though direct counseling, legal, shelter, and economic stability services.
  • Provided crisis shelter to 77 mothers and their 151 children.
  • Provided transitional shelter to 167 mothers and their 233 children.
  • Provided individual counseling, support groups, and case management to over 1,500 adults and 1,782 children.
  • Provided legal representation and advocacy to 3,070 adults and children and legal advice and referrals to an additional 1,288 clients.
  • Connected with more than 20,000 additional community members through education, awareness-building and advocacy initiatives.
  • Advocated for improved laws and policies on domestic violence working directly with City and State legislators and officials, as well as with a wide range of coalitions and work groups.

For more information visit Sanctuary for Families website.

Saratoga County Domestic Violence and Rape Crisis Services (DVRC)
  • Housed 66 women and 47 children in shelter for a total of 2,116 bed nights.
  • Responded to 1,959 hotline calls.
  • Provided in-person services to 713 clients.
  • Provided legal advocates to assist with 89 petitions for orders of protection, temporary custody or temporary support.
  • Assisted 36 women to find jobs to support their families.
  • Assisted 31 households to find permanent, violence-free homes.
  • Provided transitional and permanent supportive housing with weekly supportive services to 16 women and 28 children.
  • Provided 256 prevention education programs to a total of 6,259 persons.
  • Provided 4 professional education programs to a total of 38 professionals.

For more information visit the DVRC website.

NYS Office of Victim’s Services (OVS)
  • Received 4,777 domestic violence claims for reimbursement.
  • Paid nearly $2.6 million in compensation to domestic violence claimants to cover costs such as: medical, counseling, loss of support, loss of wages, essential personal property, and funerals.
  • During October 2008 – September 2009 OVS:
    • Provided over $7 million in federal funds and $2.5 million in state funds to victim assistance programs that serve domestic violence victims.
    • OVS-funded victim assistance programs served 152,949 primary and 6,129 secondary domestic violence victims.
    • OVS funded 43 domestic violence programs, 22 sexual assault programs, 28 domestic violence and sexual assault programs and 88 comprehensive victim assistance programs that serve both domestic violence and sexual assault victims, for a total of 181 programs across the state.

For more information visit: the OVS website

YWCA of Genesee County, Inc.
  • Provided services for 747 victims of domestic violence and their children, including criminal justice advocacy, court accompaniment, personal advocacy, emergency shelter, one to one telephone counseling, information about domestic violence and referrals to other community resources.
  • Started a support group that provides emotional support and information about domestic violence at Hope Haven (alcohol & substance abuse rehabilitation facility) and GCSASA (Genesee Counsel on Alcohol and Substance Abuse).

For more information visit the YWCA of Genesee County, Inc. website.