Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence

Statistics

Domestic Violence Annual Report 2010

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Policies, Projects and Programs

During 2010 the following members of the NYS DV Advisory Council developed new policies and/or participated in domestic violence projects and programs:

NYS Office for the Aging (OFA)
  • Worked with Lifespan of Greater Rochester and the NYS Office of Children and Family services to review and revise an MOU on Protective Services for Adults, including elder abuse, to support better coordination and collaboration at the local level, to serve as a model and provide guidance for local agreements.
  • Updated their Domestic Violence and the Workplace Policy to accommodate new legislation and submitted bi-annual reports to OPDV.

For more information visit the OFA website.

NYS Office of Alcoholism & Substance Abuse Services (OASAS)
  • Developed a system to notify providers annually that Congress and New York State have proclaimed the entire month of February to be Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month.
  • Included recognition of Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month as part of their webpage, including a link to the OPDV website.
  • Educated providers on the co-occurring risk of teen substance abuse and dating violence, and addressed how both issues can be addressed concurrently.
  • Updated their Domestic Violence and the Workplace Policy to accommodate new legislation and submitted bi-annual reports to OPDV.
  • Promoted the donation of old cell phones for victims of domestic violence.
  • Instituted and documented the responses to system-wide discharge questions pertaining to domestic violence. The data below represents discharges for 2010. The level of those identified as a victim rose from 7.5% in 2009 to 11.3% in 2010. The level of those identified as perpetrators rose from 3.3% in 2009 to 5% in 2010.
  • Arranged for survey questions to be added to the 2011 Local Services Plan questionnaire related to whether or not chemical dependency treatment providers screen clients for domestic violence histories and if so, what domestic violence services they refer them to.
  • Updated their Domestic Violence and the Workplace Policy to accommodate new legislation and submitted bi-annual reports to OPDV.

For more information visit the OASAS website.

NYS Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS)
  • Convened workgroup to address the State Administrative Procedures Act (SAPA) Petition filed with OCFS by Erie County. This petition requested an alternate approach to compliance with specific sections of the non-residential program regulations. OCFS will make a final decision in early 2011.
  • Co-facilitated the Domestic Violence Regulatory Workgroup with OPDV and the Office for Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA). The workgroup includes domestic violence program and local social service district representatives, with the goal to re-assess the regulations and to make recommendations for improvements aligned to current issues and practices.
  • Used the data in the Domestic Violence Information Systems to develop profiles for each county, providing information about the approved residential and non-residential programs as well as data and trends related to occupancy rates and length of stay.
  • Provided technical assistance through a variety of sources to all residential and non-residential domestic violence programs. Through its home and regional offices, OCFS staff provided on-site monitoring and technical assistance in program and policy development as well as in licensing, financial and contract issues.
  • OCFS collaborated with OPDV to develop domestic violence training for the Healthy Families New York programs. The training’s goal is to help the home visiting staff recognize signs of domestic violence in a household and give them strategies on how to handle DV in a safe and respectful way for all involved.
  • Participated in Domestic Violence Awareness Day by encouraging staff to wear purple. On “Purple Day” employees from the Domestic Violence Unit staffed display tables, answering questions and disseminating literature, in the OCFS Central Office lobby.
  • Submitted their bi-annual Domestic Violence and the Workplace reports to OPDV.
For more information visit the OCFS website.
New York State Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NYSCADV)
  • Managed The Rural Project, through a grant from the Office on Violence Against Women (OVW). This project is working in 6 rural communities to improve the health care response to domestic violence victims. A needs assessment was completed and a quick reference card was created for health care professionals.
  • Managed the Domestic Violence Prevention Enhancement and Leadership Through Alliances (DELTA) Project. Released a copy of the state plan to the consortium for their feedback with a public release date of 2011. Additionally, learning exchanges were held for each of the three DELTA programs. DELTA also supported the work of the Rockland Family Shelter to create a workplace violence policy that was implemented by a major utility company in the lower mid-Hudson area
  • Staff traveled and lent support to local member program events during National Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October
  • Participated in the Shine the Light on Domestic Violence campaign engaging domestic violence advocates around the state to commemorate Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
  • Collaborated with the Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence to heighten awareness during October with their Purple Tie Campaign.
  • Restructured The Communication Update which is now sent to member programs on a bi-monthly basis. Additionally, Action Alerts and Policy Updates were moved to Constant Contact to add consistency to the messages and delivery schedules.

For more information visit the NYSCADV website.

NYS Department of Corrections (DOCS)
  • Posted the “You Are Not His Property” posters to acknowledge Teen Dating Awareness and Prevention Month in February.
  • Superintendents and managers were encouraged to sponsor a domestic violence awareness activity during National Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October. The OPDV flyer was distributed for posting.
  • Facilities conducted awareness programs distributing materials and purple ribbons and encouraged employees to wear purple on October 20th.
  • During the month of October, the lights in the Albany Training Academy tower were purple.
  • Updated their Domestic Violence and the Workplace Policy to accommodate new legislation and submitted bi-annual reports to OPDV.
  • Provided safety planning for victims in preparation for the inmate’s release and assistance in establishing the victim notification of release throughout the Department’s Office of Victim’s Services.
  • Conducted ongoing programs for inmates such as:
    • Fatherhood and Parenting/Domestic Violence Program to explore parental roles and dynamics within the family.
    • Aggression Reduction Therapy and Thinking for a Change to encourage individuals to reflect on their behaviors.
    • Trauma counseling.

For more information visit the DOCS website.

Office of Court Administration (OCA)
  • NYS domestic violence courts, each staffed by a designated judge, took in more than 23,800 new cases.
  • NYS integrated domestic violence (IDV) courts use a “one family-one judge” model to bring before a single judge in Supreme Court the multiple criminal, family, and matrimonial disputes for families where domestic violence is an underlying issue. In 2010 more than 3,200 new families and 17,300 new cases entered the 46 IDV courts around the state.
  • Established integrated domestic violence court initiatives (IDVI) in Schuyler and Tioga counties in the sixth judicial district (joining IDVI’s in the fifth and seventh judicial districts). Unlike IDV courts, the IDVI’s do not involve the transfer of cases to one court; the cases remain where they are, however the IDVI’s bring many of the IDV court benefits – including better information to judges regarding the status of related cases in other courts, enhanced training for judges and court staff, better integration with services, and judicial monitoring of offenders – to counties that do not have IDV courts. In 2010 the IDVI’s served 203 new families and took in 738 new cases.
  • Continued operation of three youthful offender domestic violence courts (YODVC’s) in Brooklyn, the Bronx, and Yonkers. These YODVC’s handle cases involving teen defendants charged with crimes of domestic violence. Responses and sentences imposed are tailored to the particular circumstances of adolescent defendants; they work with programs developed for teens and have available intensive advocacy aimed at supporting complaining witnesses, many of whom are teens as well.
  • Continued implementation of the Domestic Violence and the Workplace Policy, offered work/life assistance, domestic violence and sexual violence hotline and contact information for all 62 counties.

For more information visit the OCA website.

NYS Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS)
  • Operation IMPACT continues to integrate domestic violence initiatives into its crime reduction strategy. IMPACT provides resources and services to the 17 counties and primary law enforcement jurisdictions outside of NYC that account for approximately 80% of the non-NYC crime. Certain jurisdictions focused their IMPACT actions on domestic violence and funding was provided by DCJS for personnel to support that effort. Those positions were within the police departments, District Attorney’s offices, probation and Sheriff’s offices.
    • Erie County The Erie Crime Analysis Center (ECAC) has automated and scanned Domestic Incident Reports from 2008, 2009 and 2010. The Center is now able to connect incident reports to repeat offenders. This year the ECAC has tracked all Domestic Violence Repeat Offenders. When a repeat offender is arrested, all pertinent information regarding the offender such as criminal history, criminal incident reports, probation-parole information, domestic incident reports and warrant history is sent to the Erie County District Attorney’s Domestic Offender Section. This information is sent, in most cases, before arraignment. The Judge is able to see a complete picture of the offender before setting bail. This information also assists with the presentence investigation. Since May of 2010 ECAC staff has produced over two hundred repeat offender packets. ECAC is also working with the Buffalo Police Department to develop a procedure to investigate serious domestic violence incidents and incidents committed by repeat offenders by assigning detectives immediately after the incident. The detective will treat the incident the same way other serious crimes are investigated such as murders and armed robberies.
    • Monroe County – The Probation Department implemented a Domestic Violence Intensive Supervision Unit, which includes four Probation Officers, one Senior Probation Officer and one Probation Supervisor, who are responsible for the supervision of approximately 250 offenders convicted of domestic violence related crimes. Approximately 750 additional offenders are supervised by other Probation Officers, who committed domestic violence offenses, but have not necessarily been convicted of domestic violence crimes. An added component of the supervision of both of these populations includes routine contact with victims who are receptive to intervention. The enhanced victim component is supported by a DCJS Award, which allowed for the hiring of an additional Sr. Probation Officer who trains Probation staff on domestic violence issues, supervises probationers with domestic violence histories and acts as the liaison between Probation and the Monroe County Domestic Violence Consortium Partners. An added component to that grant was the hiring of a Probation Assistant, who works directly with Probation Officers who maintain general supervision caseloads and prepare pre-sentence investigations, by contacting identified victims of criminal matters to provide advocacy services. The Probation Assistant is also the liaison between Probation and local law enforcement and provides limited support to the Domestic Violence Intervention Unit in the preparation of Family Court petitions for orders of protection.
    • Niagara County – The Niagara Falls Police Department and its IMPACT partners began to take a closer look at domestic related assaults and established Domestic Violence Intervention Teams (DVIT) as a way to help address the issue. The (DVIT) consists of specially trained Domestic Violence Investigators and Victim Advocates from the Niagara Falls Police Department, the Niagara County District Attorney’s Office, the New York State Police, Probation and the Niagara County Sheriff’s Office. The (DVIT) takes a proactive approach by conducting home visits, enforcing orders of protection and executing domestic violence related warrants. The DVIT members are trained to make an assessment of the immediate needs of the victim and the advocate is present to inform the victim of available services and to provide advocacy. In addition, the probation officer ensures compliance from their probationers. This project created a way to take a more aggressive approach to the domestic violence problem by enabling investigators to follow-up with victims and enforce orders of protection and domestic violence related warrants. DVIT members also ensure that both the victims and suspects abide by the orders of protection issued by the courts and if necessary execute an arrest for violation of orders or any outstanding warrants.
    • Oneida County – The county now has a designated a team of Probation Officers and Utica Police Officers who are assigned Domestic Violence cases to make home visits. Collaborative visits (12-15 per month) include Domestic Violence probationers and their victims, offenders who have frequent contact with the Utica City Domestic Violence Court including defendants released on recognizance, and cases of concern to the County Domestic Violence Court. The designated Domestic Violence visits have been extremely successful.
  • Domestic Incident Report Repository: Throughout 2010 the Division of Criminal Justice Services and the New York State Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence continued the creation of a statewide “Domestic Incident Report” repository/database. A Domestic Incident Report (DIR) is completed whenever the police respond to a domestic incident-related call for service. The DIRs are in turn sent to DCJS and filed as paper reports with no mechanism for capturing the data from each of the reports electronically. Once completed in early 2011, the repository will give law enforcement, prosecutors, probation and parole personnel the ability to search – by victim or offender name, incident address or document number. DIRs are filed by more than 550 police agencies in the 57 counties outside of New York City.

For more information visit the DCJS website.

NYS Domestic Violence Advisory Council
  • The Council met twice in 2010 providing domestic violence information and updates from member agencies and systems.
  • Released the 2009 New York State Domestic Violence Annual Report.
  • Identified “Prevention” as the Council’s topic of focus for 2011.
  • Prepared a Transition Report for new administration highlighting the importance of the Advisory Council and its domestic violence initiatives.
NYS Department of Health (DOH)
  • Continued monitoring domestic violence with the Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS), an on-going telephone and mail survey of mothers who have recently had a baby. The following results questions were asked of new mothers:
    • During the 12 months before you got pregnant, did an ex-husband or ex-partner push, hit, slap, kick, choke or physically hurt you in any other way?
    • During the 12 months before you got pregnant, were you physically hurt in anyway by your husband or partner?
    • During your most recent pregnancy, did an ex-husband or ex-partner push, hit, slap, kick, choke or physically hurt you in any other way?
    • During your most recent pregnancy, were you physically hurt in anyway by your husband or partner?
  • Managed the Adolescent Health Program that helps community based organizations create, implement and enhance education programming and services that promote individual and group skills to form positive dating/sexual relationships, enhance partner communication skills, set appropriate boundaries, reduce anger and violent behaviors, act responsibly and to communicate with parents and other trusted adults. Programming also directs adolescents to domestic violence services within their communities.
  • A Research Brief on Teen Dating Violence and other information on healthy relationships was posted on the DOH-funded ACT for Youth Center of Excellence web site.

For more information visit the DOH website.

NYS Department of Labor (DOL)
  • Posted teen dating violence information on intranet site; our youth are our most precious resource, but unfortunately, the crime of teen dating violence is a reality for many of them. Included is the fact that “control isn’t love” and that abuse may not always be physical. Staff was encouraged to learn how to spot the warning signs of this form of domestic violence and ensure the safety and well-being of young people. Links were provided to OPDV’s Teen Dating Violence Fact Sheet, Teen Dating Violence Information guide and other resources.
  • Provided intranet links to the agency Domestic Violence Policy, to Executive Order #19, and to various on-line brochures, fact sheets and posters.
  • Provided teen dating violence and domestic violence information at One Stop Employment and training Offices and Displaced Homemaker Centers.
  • Continued communication with agency employees assuring that assistance for domestic violence is available and encouraging help through the Employee Assistance Program.
  • Updated their Domestic Violence and the Workplace Policy to accommodate new legislation and submitted bi-annual reports to OPDV.

For more information visit the DOL website.

NYS Office of Mental Health (OMH)
  • Distributed “This Isn’t Love” materials and resource information during Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. Campaign materials and links to web-based information were distributed to programs representing a wide variety of child-serving state agencies, private providers/agencies and not-for-profit providers/agencies.
  • Updated their Domestic Violence and the Workplace Policy to accommodate new legislation and submitted bi-annual reports to OPDV.

For more information visit the OMH website.

NYS Division of Parole (DOP)
  • Supported the Teen Dating Violence Awareness Campaign by making available the poster, and various related materials.
  • Incorporation and expansion of the Domestic Violence Alert process and reporting system on the Division’s Case Management System.
    • Developed flashing DV alert system and “Guidelines for entering DV Alerts to CMS”
  • Developed Parole Operations Domestic Incident Report (DIR) Directive in response to CPL140.10(5), outlining DOP Policy and Procedure surrounding the transmission of a DIR.
  • Developed Domestic Incident Report Tracking Sheet, and Domestic Incident Report Spreadsheet.
  • Updated and distributed the Statewide Directory of NYS Courts.
  • Updated and distributed the Offender Accountability and Victim’s Services Resource Guide.
  • Participated in October’s Domestic Violence Awareness Month by sending a letter and packet to all Regional Directors. Packet documents disseminated to staff included:
    • DV and the Workplace Poster
    • Flyer on DV Awareness
    • Finding Safety and Support
    • Display a Purple Ribbon
    • “Shine the Light” October 20, 2010
    • Agency wide cell phone drive
    • Webpage highlighting DV Awareness Month
  • Updated their Domestic Violence and the Workplace Policy to accommodate new legislation and submitted bi-annual reports to OPDV.
For more information visit the DOP website.
NYS Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence (OPDV)
  • Community Corrections/Grants to Encourage Arrest Programs (GTEAP): During 2010, Community Corrections (Probation and Parole) efforts within OPDV were merged into a more formal relationship, thanks to the requirements of a federal GTEAP grant allowing for a more formal, state-level partnership with NYS Office of Probation and Correctional Alternatives (OPCA) and the NYS Division of Parole (DOP). As a result of the initiatives and efforts of the GTEAP project, the team was able to bridge the long-standing gap between probation and parole in order to combine shared efforts and services while simultaneously distinguishing between their critical and often misunderstood roles, duties, and directives. Some of the joint efforts of Probation and Parole in 2010 included:
    • The creation of training curricula for NYS probation officers and supervisors as well as parole officers, revocation specialists, and Administrative Law Judges (ALJs) on the topics of offender accountability, Expanded Access, and interview techniques for offenders and victims of DV and Intimate Partner Sexual Assault (IPSA);
  • The development of a plan to deliver training to and solicit feedback from these professionals: OPCA will deliver training to Probation professionals and DOP will deliver to parole during 2011. Upon receipt of feedback from trainees, OPCA and DOP will revise materials accordingly and produce final curricula;
  • The development of a plan to create interactive training tools for probation and parole training audiences (based on review and revision of written curricula above) for eventual statewide promulgation and long-term, institutionalized training on domestic violence and intimate partner sexual assault within their respective fields;
  • As a result of this project, OPCA and DOP formed close collaborative partnerships with OPDV as well as the NYS Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NYSCADV) and the NYS Coalition Against Sexual Assault (NYSCASA), all of which have enhanced the community corrections response to victims and victim safety even as they focus on offender accountability and orders and conditions specific to the offenders they supervise.
  • Domestic Violence Dashboard: In 2010, for the third year, the Dashboard Project released a document that tries to paint a picture of both the prevalence of domestic violence, and the strength of New York State’s response to it, based on available information. Upon examination of three years’ worth of information, the data suggested that New York, like many other places, experienced an increase in indicators of domestic violence from 2007 to 2010. By collecting this cross-system data, we are improving our ability to measure the totality of the domestic violence challenge in our state, and identifying that there is an even greater need for our systems to work together. For more information visit the project webpage.
  • Domestic Violence Regulation Work Group: Continued work on finalizing the domestic violence regulations. OPDV worked closely with OCFS and OTDA to incorporate the input from domestic violence service providers and local social service districts into a comprehensive update of the thirty year old governing regulations. It is anticipated that the process of approval will be completed in 2011.
  • Domestic Violence and the Workplace NYS agencies continue to operate with a Domestic Violence and the Workplace Policy in place, and report pertinent domestic violence information to OPDV twice a year. The following reflects the information reported by NYS Agencies for 2010:
    • 39 Incidents of DV occurring in the workplace
    • 270 Employees reporting that they were victims of DV
    • 66 Employees reporting others were victims of DV
    • 299 Employees requesting DV information
    • 184 Referrals made to DV service providers
    • 112 Orders of protection were disclosed to agencies
  • OPDV, upon request, provided technical assistance and training to the City of Philadelphia Department of Health to assist in development of their Domestic Violence and the Workplace initiative.
  • Expanded Access to Family Court: In July of 2008, New York State expanded access to Family Court for victims of domestic violence by broadening the definition of who could petition the court for an order of protection, adding “...persons...who are or have been in an intimate relationship regardless of whether such persons have lived together at any time.” The legislature anticipated that this expanded definition would result in an increased demand on law enforcement resources and the court system. The law mandated that OPDV and the Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) submit a report, detailing the effects of the amendment on police practices, by July, 2011.
    • OPDV worked with our partners from the Office of Court Administration, DCJS and the New York City Police Department to establish mechanisms to collect and analyze available data on court filings and police response. In 2010, quarterly reports on the number of family offense petitions filed were developed and are now available on OPDV’s website.
    • To address the impact of the new law on local communities, OPDV conducted three webinars in 2010 with resource partners, the New York State Coalition Against Domestic Violence and the Empire Justice Center. The webinars provided basic background on the new law, information on the evolving interpretation of the law by the courts and offered opportunities for webinar participants to raise questions and share local challenges regarding implementation of the law.
  • Home Visiting Program: In 2010, DCJS partnered with OPDV to develop and implement the Home Visiting Program in the following eleven (11) law enforcement agencies throughout New York State: Auburn PD, Cortland PD, Oswego PD, Saratoga Springs PD, Rome PD, Gloversville PD, Greece PD Cheektowaga PD, Tonawanda PD, West Seneca PD and Cattaraugus Sheriff’s Office. DCJS provided $275,000 to be equally divided between each of the law enforcement agencies. A variety of criteria was used to determine which agencies would receive grants to conduct follow-up visits, including the number of domestic violence incidents, and whether they had an existing infrastructure in place, such as a dedicated officer and/or a specialized team, to adequately follow up on domestic violence incidents and whether they had established relationship with the domestic violence service provider in their community. Each agency is required to develop its own specific protocols for the follow-up visits based on guidelines developed in conjunction by OPDV and DCJS.
    The overall goal of the program aims to improve the long-term criminal justice response to domestic violence. Through planning and coordinated follow-up visits to homes where at least one recent domestic incident has occurred, designated home visiting police officers are now able to collect additional evidence that is often not readily available at the time of a domestic incident. Additionally, the ongoing presence of home visiting officers enforces offender accountability while allowing police to maintain contact and establish rapport with victims. The long-term goal of the program is more immediate evidence collection of subsequent violence through immediate documentation and swift police response.
    DCJS and OPDV worked collaboratively to develop this program. The following steps were taken in 2010 in its development:
    • Defined the purpose and goals of the program;
    • DCJS provided $25,000 awards to each jurisdiction to cover costs associated with implementing program;
    • Created and delivered training for all Home Visiting jurisdictions in Fall, 2010 (training was provided at three (3) regional sites: Erie, Onondaga, and Albany counties);
    • Reviewed, revised, and approved of jurisdictions’ required Home Visiting policies and procedures;
    • OPDV provided outreach to the local domestic violence service providers in all eleven home visiting jurisdictions to support local collaborative efforts and offer assistance where needed;
    • Provided assistance and support to individual departments, as needed;
    • Scheduled an April 2011meeting when all of the jurisdictions and respective service providers will be brought together for a facilitated discussion about the program and its next steps.
  • Joint Reporting Project: A feasibility study regarding the creation and/or adoption of a joint reporting system for agencies receiving domestic violence and/or sexual assault funds from any NYS government agency was completed in 2010. The goal is to reduce the burden of reporting similar information by providers to multiple funders, as well as to assist NYS in improving data collection. A proposal for the creation of a joint reporting system was developed and all partner agencies agreed that efforts to create a system should move forward
  • LGTB Domestic Violence Network: OPDV staff participated in a work group that developed educational materials for individuals who recently gained access to Family Court. In addition, OPDV participated in a work group on services to LGTB youth who are abused or are abusive to their partners.
  • Law Enforcement:
    • NYS Model Statewide Domestic Incident Policy was submitted by OPDV and approved by Municipal Police Training Council.
    • Developed and implemented the training for DCJS’ Home Visit Initiative and developed the initial policy recommendations for the project.

For more information visit the OPDV website.

NYS Office of Probation and Correctional Alternatives (OPCA)
  • Collaborated with local probation administrators to review and approve the implementation of a Domestic Incident Report Response Policy in every county. The statewide directory of Probation Domestic Violence Liaisons for each county was updated and published to assist law enforcement compliance with requirement to transmit copies of Domestic Incident Reports to probation for individuals under supervision.
  • Convened two focus group meetings of probation officers, law enforcement and victim advocates from rural jurisdictions and those that include Native American communities to discuss and develop the Probation Response to Domestic Violence in rural and Native American Communities training curriculum and other resources.
  • Responded to 82 requests for technical assistance on domestic violence issues including officer-involved domestic violence, new strangulation laws, firearms prohibitions, certificates of relief from disabilities, rural and Native American domestic violence training materials, domestic violence in military families, information for judges and magistrates, Domestic Incident Reports, expanded access to Family Court and domestic violence policy development.
  • Updated Domestic Violence and the Workplace Policy to accommodate new legislation and submitted bi-annual reports to OPDV.

For more information visit the OPCA website.

NYS Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA)
  • Continued supervision of Family Violence Option (FVO) through which Domestic Violence Liaisons (DVL’s) provide waivers from social service program requirements (i.e. employment, child support) if participation would further endanger a victim of domestic violence.
  • Supervised programs that assist victims of domestic violence with public assistance benefits and shelter expenses.
  • Continued mediation services for providers and local social services districts to help settle questionable payments.
  • Participated in Domestic Violence Awareness Month by encouraging staff to wear purple to work on October 20th to show their support and raise awareness.
  • Updated OTDA Domestic Violence Team roster.
  • Updated Domestic Violence and the Workplace Policy to accommodate new legislation and submitted bi-annual reports to OPDV.

For more information visit the OTDA website.

NYS Office of Victim Services (OVS)
  • Participated in the February 11, 2010 Teen Dating Violence press conference in Washington County, along with OPDV and NYSCADV.
  • Featured “This Is Not Love” banner on website in recognition of Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month.
  • Approved an expansion of acceptable documentation for processing domestic violence based claims to include a copy of a Family Court order of protection and a copy of the related petition to the Family Court that includes sufficient facts to establish that a crime occurred when no criminal justice report has been filed.

For more information visit the OVS website.

Sanctuary for Families
  • Expanded outreach, training and services to teen victims as part of 2010 Strategic Plan.
  • Extensive school based workshops for teen groups, including groups of teen boys.
  • Clinical staff at Sanctuary’s Bronx Family Justice Center participated in the Start Strong Bronx initiative in collaboration with Bronx Lebanon Hospital, the Bronx Borough President’s office and the New York City Department of Education.
  • Sponsored Denim Day – rally for teens to speak out against sexual and dating violence and to promote positive and healthy relationships.
  • Partnered with Start Strong Bronx in the production of “Texting for Life” an interactive play about teen dating violence with a specific focus on teen dating and technology.

For more information visit the Sanctuary for Families website.

Saratoga County Domestic Violence and Rape Crisis Services (DVRC)
  • Launched a community mobilization project in the Ballston area community to involve all community members in environmental strategies to reduce teen sexual violence.
  • Launched an innovative sexual assault early intervention program at the park during selected summer concerts in cooperation with the Saratoga State Park. DVRC provided advocates on site for early interventions to reduce risks of sexual assault at concerts that attract large crowds of youth and have historically had high levels of drug/alcohol consumption.

For more information visit the DVRC website.

Saratoga County District Attorney
  • Developed and created a presentation to educate thousands of teens in the Capital district regarding the dangers of sexting, domestic violence in teenage relationships, and the importance of speaking out when they believe they or one of their friends is in a relationship where violence is occurring or threatened.
  • Linked with fourteen school districts in and around Saratoga County and presented information to students and teachers regarding domestic violence prevention in school, during school transportation, and at home. Wrote, printed and mailed to thousands of parents in the county information regarding teenage violence, dating, bullying, cyberbullying and sexting. Materials informed parents how to recognize the signs they should be aware of to help protect their children. Informed parents, teachers and students who to contact to seek assistance and what steps can and should be taken to keep them safe.
  • Created and wrote a song to help educate students of the dangers associated with sexting, including information on how information sent during a relationship could be used in negative ways once the relationship ends.

A Girl named Molly Ann

Written and sung by

Assistant District Attorney Jesse L. Ashdown

Now let me tell you a story, bout a girl named Molly Ann,

She lived in Terra Hills, and had a boyfriend named Dan,

She just couldn’t believe they’d been together 18 weeks,

She thought this might be the love that every young girl seeks.

So last November 20, it was Dan’s 16th Birthday,

Molly Ann got a crazy idea, but figured it would be OK,

She took a naughty picture of herself, with her shiny new cell phone,

And texted it Dan, with a note said “For your Eyes Only”

Chorus

I got a message for Schuylerville School

You see you can’t put the toothpaste back in the tube

Once you take a naughty picture and text it to a friend,

It might be seen around the world again and again,

When Dan got that photo, he couldn’t believe his eyes,

He just couldn’t resist, forwarding it to some other guys,

The next thing you know, it was around the whole school,

Now Molly Ann lay in her bed cryin, feelin like a fool,

The principal called her Mom and Dad,

You can guess that they were livid

Dad yelled, “Who took this picture,”

Molly Ann said, “I did”

Chorus Again

Bridge

You know you can’t take it back

A part of you can never relax,

Knowing that somebody’s lookin at you,

It’s like always bein’ under attack

Next day the police came to the school, arrested Dan and some friends,

They couldn’t believe all this, came just from pressing “send”

Charged with possessing child pictures, a Class E Felony,

He had to pay three thousand dollars, to hire an attorney

The DA came in and said “Molly could be charged with this stuff.”

But they decided in the end, she’d been through enough

She now had to live carrying the heavy load,

Not knowing if that picture might pop up down the road

Chorus

For more information visit the Saratoga County District Attorney Office website.