Dear Fellow New Yorkers:
I am pleased to present the third New York State Domestic Violence Annual Report, which highlights the expansive steps the State took to combat the insidious problem of domestic violence in 2010.
A reality for far too many New Yorkers, domestic violence produces a range of catastrophic effects, including broken families, physical and emotional injury, harm to children, and, all too often, death. Led by the Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence (OPDV) - the nation's only executive level state agency dedicated to this critical issue - New York State remains tireless in its efforts to end domestic violence through a multi-pronged, multi-agency approach.
Last year, OPDV partnered with state agencies, local governments, and non-profit organizations to provide safety, support, and justice to victims and their families and to educate the public about the impact of domestic violence. Together with an informed public and vigilant communities, we continue to strengthen our State's laws to enhance victim safety, hold offenders accountable, and send the message that violence against an intimate partner will not be tolerated in New York State.
I applaud all affiliated with our State's ongoing effort to stop domestic violence and look forward to continued progress in ensuring safety for all New Yorkers.
Andrew M. Cuomo