Leading the Field
The NYS Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence is seen as a reliable resource for information on domestic violence. In 2010, OPDV was contacted by state and national media for interviews, background, and opinions. OPDV’s Executive Director and senior staff were interviewed and quoted on television, radio, and in newspapers. The Executive Director participated in Liz Claiborne’s by-invitation-only national radio broadcast event, “It’s Time to Talk Day” Talk Radio Row. She was also heavily quoted in a Sports Illustrated article following a high profile murder. Upon request, OPDV provided extensive information and resources to television shows and networks.
OPDV officials provided guidance to government and advocacy groups throughout the United States. The Executive Director gave the keynote address at Fordham University’s 14th Annual Domestic Violence Conference and at the Suffolk County Task Force to Prevent Domestic Violence’s annual symposium. She also received the "In the Trenches Award, Recognizing Indomitable Courage, Vision, and Dedication to Ending Violence Against Women" from the Lawyers Committee Against Domestic Violence. OPDV senior staff facilitated at the National Judicial Institute and was nominated to the National Advisory Committee on Violence Against Women, assembled by the US Attorney General. This staff is also on the national steering committee of the National Conference on Health and Domestic Violence.
The NYS Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence partnered with Verizon to create the “Verizon Wireless Domestic Violence Entrepreneurship Program,” which provides funding to entrepreneurs in New York State who have escaped domestic violence and are working to get a home or small business off the ground.
OPDV granted requests from other states and tribal governments to reproduce OPDV publications, and provided assistance to undergraduate and graduate students from colleges, universities and law schools in New York State and around the nation.
New York State is also seen as a cutting-edge domestic violence expert on the international front. The Executive Director met with a Chechnyan delegation visiting the United States to learn about ending violence against women in their war-torn area. Advocates from London, Ontario sought guidance from OPDV on replicating the “Shine the Light on Domestic Violence” campaign in their city.