Direct services were provided by some members of the NYS Advisory Council. Below is a snapshot of those services for 2010:
NYS Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse services (OASAS)
- Bronx Addiction Treatment Center (ATC) Domestic Violence Program
In collaboration with the Jewish Board of Family and Children Services' Domestic Violence Coordination and Training Program, the OASAS operated Bronx ATC (BTAC) 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 the Bronx ATC IPV/DV services were facilitated duringthe2010 fiscal year as follows:
- Of the 590 clients admitted to the Bronx ATC 580 clients received some form of DV services with initial screening/assessment process and 1 weekly workshop targeting perpetrators and 1 weekly session targeting victims.
- Eighty two percent (482) of our admitted patients were male, and half of them admitted to having been involved in some form of abusive relationships mainly as the abusive partner.
- Of the 104 female clients admitted to the Bronx ATC, approximately 70% of them identified as victims, 10% as abusive partners, while the remaining 20% may have denied being involved in abusive relationships as adult, some admitted to having witnessed DV as children.
- 482 clients attended structured workshop on IPV.
- 104 clients attended Weekly Women and DV Support Group. This group addresses issues related to DV such as addiction, codependency, effects of DV on children as well as safety planning. Identified victims are linked to specialized/supportive services at discharge.
- 19% of our patient population had criminal justice involvement; working with this group we observed a link between CJ and DV. One of our core workshops addresses the different types of violence. The session focuses on defining and understanding: battering, reactive, situational, antisocial and pathological violence.
NYS Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS)
- Federal Family Violence Prevention Services Act (FFVPSA) funds were administered equally to all approved residential and non-residential domestic violence programs in the state on a non-competitive basis. Each of the 95 applicants was eligible to receive an award of up to $38,808 to support general operating expenses, health and safety improvements and/or program enhancements.
- Funded eleven Child Protective/Domestic Violence collaboration projects. The 2010 CFSR data showed domestic violence to be one of the most frequent risk factors in indicated CPS cases. In each funded project a domestic violence advocate is located at the CPS office and typically provides case consultation, participates in home visit thes and cross training and works jointly with case workers to develop safety plans with victims of domestic violence and their children. In 2010, approximately 1,700 families received specialized services through the collaboration projects. In 84% of the indicated CPS reports in the project, the children remained safely with the non-offending parent. In 92% of the unfounded reports, families were able to access necessary support and services.
NYS Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS)
- DCJS Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Unity awarded $13,060,105 in Services, Training, Officers and Prosecution (STOP) VAWA funding supporting 174 grants:
- 116 grants were awarded $6,311,344 in VAWA funding.
- 2 grantees were awarded $150,000 in VAWA Recovery funding.
- 69% of funds went to domestic violence or dating violence programs.
- 29% went to sexual assault programs.
- 2% went to anti-stalking activities.
NYS Department of Health (DOH)
- Provided approximately 3,500 home visit thes to high-risk pregnant women and their families through the Community Health Worker Program (CHWP). Community Health Workers provide information, education and referrals on a variety of maternal and child health topics which may impact health outcomes, including domestic violence, its risk factors and resources available.
- The Rape Crisis and Sexual Violence Prevention Program (RCSVPP) provides services to victims of rape/sexual violence. Crisis intervention services were provided to more than 35,000 people through telephone hot-line calls, individual or group counseling, accompaniment of victims to medical facilities and advocacy on behalf of victims within the criminal justice system. The RCSVPP funds at least one Rape Crisis Center in every county.
NYS Department of Labor (DOL)
- Provided unemployment insurance to 184 NYS clients who lost or had to leave employment due to domestic violence.
NYS Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence (OPDV)
- New York State supports two statewide victim hotlines, which together received 14,223 calls from individuals seeking help.
- Victim Resource Services: Provided through a partnership with the Office of Victim Services and OPDV, the Victim Resource Coordinator provided compensation claims assistance, telephone support, information and referral, criminal justice support advocacy, emergency assistance, and personal advocacy, for 269 callers and 249 emails and written correspondence in 2010. Victims of crime call for help with many issues, including but not limited to systems failures (police, courts, and social services), immediate crisis, lack of permanent housing, advocacy and appropriate referrals.
NYS Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA)
- Provided $3,262,450 in Homeless Housing Assistance Program (HHAP) funding to Unity House for relocation and expansion. Unity House has had to turn away significant numbers of victims and their children because the existing shelter was either at capacity or could not accommodate a family of the composition in need of shelter. In addition the existing shelter was not handicapped accessible, could not group single adults with special needs together, but separate from families, and could not accommodate state of art safety and security systems. Construction of the new shelter began during 2010 and is expected to be completed in 2011.
Sanctuary for Families (NYC)
- Began screening for teen dating violence from within our population of child clients who come for services along with their adult caregiver. Provide direct counseling, case management and advocacy services to identified teens.
- Served over 11,400 adult victims and children through direct counseling, legal, shelter and economic stability services.
- Shelter: Provided safe refuge and supplementary services to 550 women and children at five crisis and transitional shelters (approximately 200 each night).
- Crisis Intervention: Hotline assistance, safety planning, legal advice, and referrals for 4,200 victims.
- Counseling: Individual counseling, support groups, and psychiatric services in multiple languages for 1,000 adults and 500 children.
- Legal Services: Legal representation and advocacy for 3,400 clients in family law, immigration, public benefits, matrimonial and other specialty areas.
- Children’s Services: Educational advocacy, tutoring, childcare, recreation activities, and other services for 2,000 children.
- Economic Empowerment Services: Job readiness, career planning, personal finance education, housing support, economic advocacy, and referrals for 700 victims.
- Financial Assistance: Over $280,000 in carefully screened, need-based emergency stability grants for 230 clients, including rent for eviction prevention, college tuition, and furniture for new apartments.
- Education, awareness-building and advocacy initiatives connected with more than 20,000 concerned community members, including local leaders, social service and legal professionals, law enforcement officials, potential victims and many others.
- Continued providing services to clients in 33 languages, has a roster of over 500 pro bono attorneys, and utilizes support services of over 2,000 volunteers.
- Continued providing advocacy for improved laws and policies on domestic violence and related issues working directly with City and State legislators and officials, as well as with a wide range of coalitions and working groups.
For more information visit the Sanctuary for Families website.
Saratoga County Domestic Violence and Rape Crisis Services (DVRC)
- Shelter: Housed 63 women and 30 children for a total of 2,567 bed nights.
- Provided in-person services to 735 clients.
- Crisis Intervention: Responded to 2,030 hotline calls.
- Legal Services: Provided legal advocates to assist with 93 petitions for orders of protection, temporary custody or temporary support.
- Economic Empowerment Services: Assisted 46 women to find jobs and another 14 with career advances that increased household financial independence.
- Housing: Assisted 37 households to find permanent, violence-free homes. Provided transitional and permanent supportive housing with weekly supportive services to 20 women and 27 children.
- Provided advocacy and follow-up services to 35 sexual assault victims accessing forensic examinations.
NYS Office of Victim’s Services (OVS)
- Received 5,460 domestic violence claims for reimbursement.
- Paid nearly $3 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.
- Provided $7,880,744 in federal funds and $1,970,186 in state funds to victim assistance programs that serve domestic violence victims.
- Funded 48 domestic violence programs, 28 sexual assault programs, 20 dual domestic violence and rape crisis programs and 86 comprehensive programs that service both victims of domestic violence and sexual assault victims for a total of 182 programs across the state.
- Funded victim’s assistance programs served 92,154 primary and 6,146 secondary domestic violence victims.