Leading the Field
The NYS Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence is seen as a reliable resource for information on domestic violence. In 2011, 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 and Counsel co-authored an article published in the New York Law Journal and had letters published in the New York Times. The Executive Director participated in Liz Claiborne’s by-invitation-only national radio broadcast event, “It’s Time to Talk Day” Talk Radio Row.
OPDV staff members provided guidance to government and advocacy groups throughout the United States. The Executive Director was asked to chair the advisory board of a National Institutes of Justice (NIJ)-funded grant investigating whether orders of protection are effective safety tools for juveniles. Director of NYC Office served on the National Advisory Committee on Violence Against Women, assembled by the US Attorney General. She is also on the national steering committee of the National Conference on Health and Domestic Violence. OPDV was solicited by The Office of United Nations Women to participate in an Expert Group Meeting on Gender-Based Violence and the Workplace, producing a draft workplace policy to be used throughout the United Nations system. OPDV staff also served as panelists, faculty and panel moderators at conferences, webinars and legal symposia, and provided testimony at hearings. Events included Fordham University’s Annual Domestic Violence Conference; the 25th Anniversary NYS Judicial Committee on Women in the Courts’ symposium; NYS Minorities in Criminal Justice Annual Symposium; and the NYS Bar Association hearing on the NYS Family Courts, National Elder Abuse and NYS Adult Abuse Training Institute.
The NYS Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence released “Respect Love, Love Respect,” a group of new online dating abuse resources for teens and young adults, designed with significant input from the target audience. The Division of Criminal Justice Services (DJCS) and OPDV worked together to launch the Domestic Incident Report (DIR) Repository, providing law enforcement officers throughout the state access to DIR’s. DCJS and OPDV also ensured that police departments across the state were prepared to train all police officers on the new Model Domestic Incident Policy for Law Enforcement.