Plans for 2012
Last year many important initiatives were launched, and in 2012 we will be involved in ensuring the efficacy and sustainability of those initiatives. For example, the new Domestic Incident Repository has the potential to significantly increase the ability of police to respond appropriately and safely to domestic incidents, and for probation and parole to become aware immediately when the individuals they supervise pose a risk to their partners. In 2012 we will work to ensure that all eligible organizations have enrolled for access to this resource, and have been trained on the most effective way to use it. In addition, the state has several new goals and projects for 2012 as well, which include:
- Further enhancing our Shine the Light effort in its fifth year of implementation;
- In-depth work with one police department and domestic violence program to develop a tool kit for a post-incident follow up program for police departments, based on 11 pilot sites in 2011.
- Holding of an invitation-only round-table regarding working with people who have abused their partners, to develop a white paper that can guide collaborative and innovative approaches in this area.
- Revision of OPDV’s 1998 Model Policy for Counties, in partnership with the Empire Justice Center, for release in early 2013.
- Continue the NYS Domestic Violence and the Workplace Program that provides technical assistance to all state agencies; generates a bi-annual report on the incidence of domestic violence and the workplace; provides policy development and training to NYS municipalities.
- Provision of training by national experts to four jurisdictions through a federal grant.
- Work with NYSOFA on their commitment to better identifying the occurrence of domestic violence within their service population.
- Development with the Association of Chiefs of Police; the Sheriffs’ Association; the New York State Police; and the Division of Criminal Justice Services, of a guide to police officers about the legality of when and how firearms can and should be removed following domestic violence incidents.
- Support OASAS as they further refine their domestic violence screening system.
- Continued support of the statewide domestic violence and sexual assault hotline.
- Ongoing training of governmental staff in child protective services, child welfare, public assistance, health, and police on the intersection of domestic violence with their work.
- Collaboration with OCFS on improved response to domestic violence by child welfare caseworkers and implementation of family engagement strategies.
- Issuance of 2011 dashboard, annual report, and domestic homicide report.
- Completion of roll call video trainings for police on best practice regarding the completion of domestic incident reports.
- Release of a web-based training tool for police and supervising agencies on the topics of mandatory arrest and expanded access to family court, and interview techniques for victims and perpetrators of domestic violence and/or sexual assault.
- Development of web based and e-learning tools for health care providers.