Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence


Domestic Violence Annual Report 2011



The following trainings were provided by NYS Advisory Council Members:

NYS Office for the Aging (OFA)
  • Through a grant provided by NYSOFA to the NYS Association of Area Agencies on Aging, in March of 2011 four regional Caregiver Coordinator Forums took place to provide training for the coordinators of the New York State Caregiver Support Program.
  • In September, 78 Aging Network staff, including NYSOFA employees and case workers from our 59 local Area Agencies on Aging attended a Conference entitled, “Stemming the Tide of Adult Abuse”. The Conference was sponsored by the NY State Adult Abuse Training Institute (AATI) and the National Adult Abuse Protection Services Association (NAPSA) which joined together to bring the national conference to New York State. The Adult Abuse Training Institute is presented by the Brookdale Center for Healthy Aging & Longevity on behalf of the NYS Office of Children & Family Services (NYSOCFS), and is designed to:
  • Build the skills and knowledge of professionals working with vulnerable adults.
  • Promote the exchange of information, innovative thinking and best practices to improve the provision of services to protect and nurture vulnerable adults.
  • Nurture and sustain all those folks who are engaged in the effort to prevent and/or end abuse to adults in New York State.

This information will be used to improve the older adult protection efforts within NYSOFA.

For more information visit the OFA website.

NYS Department of Corrections and Community Supervision (DOCCS)
  • Grants to Encourage Arrest Policies (GTEAP): All Administrative Law Judges; Parole Revocations Specialists; Parole Hearing Officers and Parole Board Members were trained on :
    • Interview techniques for Victims of Domestic Violence/Intimate Partner Sexual Assault.
    • Offender Accountability.
    • Documentation of the above topics.

For more information visit the DOCCS website.

NYS Office of Court Administration (OCA)
  • Domestic violence is addressed at the annual new judge’s seminars that newly elected or appointed judges attend. It is also a component of the training at the Court Officers Academy.
  • The Unified Court System Office of Policy and Planning in collaboration with the Center for Court Innovation held two statewide Judicial training conferences, in Albany and Garden City, for domestic violence and integrated violence court judges covering topics including domestic violence and the legal system, enhancing judicial skills, information on handling cases involving domestic violence victims connected to the military, an overview of national domestic violence initiatives, the civil rights of intimate partners especially in light of the new marriage equality law, judicial ethics in domestic violence courts, an overview of the evolution and progress of domestic violence related courts, intimate partner sexual assault, intimate partner violence in LGBTQ relationships, risk assessment, research on commercially sexually exploited children, the criminal justice response to domestic violence, and transforming vicarious trauma.
  • The Office of Court Administration and the Appellate Division Attorneys for Children, both agency and panel attorneys, received a six hour video training for new attorneys and were offered, as continuing legal education, training on prostitution and human trafficking, complex custodial issues, case law updates for children’s lawyers, and the issue of domestic violence and its effect on custody/visitation determinations.
  • Other training included the following domestic violence related topics:
    • Representing Teenagers in Domestic Violence Proceedings
    • Victims of Intimate Partner Abuse and the Courtroom
    • Striving for Understanding: the Many Faces of Domestic Violence
    • Cultural Competency in Domestic Violence Cases
    • Comparisons of Family Court Article 8 and Intimate Partner Prosecutions: The Advantages of Family Court
    • Cases Involving Elder Abuse: A Training for Attorneys, and Domestic Violence Within the South Asian Community.

For more information visit the OCA website.

NYS Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS)

DCJS offered the following training:

  • Basic Course for Police Officers: 28 trainings, 604 participants
  • Domestic Violence Instructor Course: 12 trainings, 185 participants

(In conjunction with OPDV)

  • Pre-Employment Police Basic Training: 10 trainings, 69 participants
  • Domestic Violence Home Visit Training: 1 training, 23 participants

(In conjunction with OPDV)

  • Continued to disseminate free copies of DCJS training DVD entitled “Body of Evidence: Using the NYS Sexual Offense Evidence Collection Kit.” In addition to receiving requests from around NYS and nationwide, we received requests from South Africa, the Congo, Holland, Canada, Barbados and Saudi Arabia.

DCJS Office of Probation and Correctional Alternatives (OPCA) offered the following training:

  • Assisted at Albany Law School with Intensive Trial Skills Training For the Effective Representation of Battered Women in Custody Proceedings.
  • Presented Middle Atlantic States Correctional Association Conference workshop “Probation Officer Domestic Violence Policy Guidance” to 35 probation officers.
  • Organized Probation Response to Domestic Violence Native American Communities training for 28 probation professionals from across New York State.
  • Presented Domestic Violence information to 43 participants of the OPCA Fundamentals Community Corrections training program for Alternative to Incarceration service providers in Syracuse, NY and New York City.
  • Presented Monroe County Probation Officers Association conference workshop Domestic Violence: new Information for Probation for 45 probation professionals from the Western Tier of New York State.
  • Conducted domestic violence training for 41 new probation officers during the OPCA Fundamentals of Probation Practice training program with a focus on holding offenders accountable and working to enhance victim safety.
  • Facilitated Motivational Interviewing: Practical Applications for the Probation Officer training program that included information in the use of Motivational Interviewing for domestic violence cases and other special populations.

For more information visit the DCJS website.

NYS Department of Health (DOH)
  • The Rape Crisis and Sexual Violence Prevention Program (RCSVPP) provided 4,267 multi-session educational programs to 57,927 young people. RCSVPPs conducted these prevention education programs in schools, colleges and community locations. RCSVPPs also provided 393 professional trainings to 4,332 professionals including law enforcement officers, school personnel, social workers, district attorneys and health care providers. Topics included prevention of bullying, healthy relationships, gender roles, self-esteem, communication skills, role of bystander and other prevention topics.
  • A Research Brief on Teen Dating Violence and other information on healthy relationships are available on the NYSDOH-funded ACT for Youth Center of Excellence web site:
  • The Family Planning Program contracts with 51 providers with 201 clinic sites. Each of these programs must provide training to staff on domestic violence, develop policies and procedures for domestic violence screening and provide information about their efforts to identify domestic violence in their annual report.
  • The Department's new Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Health Home Visitation (MIECHV) initiative will support Nurse Family Partnership programs in Monroe and Bronx counties and Healthy Families New York programs in Erie and Bronx counties. Funded programs will be required to screen for domestic violence, refer for relevant services, and assist clients with completing a safety plans as appropriate. The MIECHV initiative is expected to start in spring 2012.

For more information visit the DOH website.

NYS Department of Labor (DOL)
  • Trained 1,521 DOL employees on Domestic Violence Prevention in 2011.

For more information visit the DOL website.

NYS Office of Mental Health (OMH)
  • Provided a full-day Domestic Violence and the Workplace webinar to 36 participants located in 6 different facilities.

For more information visit the OMH website.

NYS Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence (OPDV)

In 2011 OPDV was able to continue its regular training programs and introduced new programs as well. One new initiative trained naval officers and military victim advocates in Saratoga Springs on domestic violence. Another initiative, with the approval by the NYS Municipal training Council, OPDV trained law enforcement training personnel across the state using a brand new curriculum, updated for the 1st time in 16 years. OPDV also conducted webinars on expanded access and domestic violence and the workplace.

  • Child Protective Services (CPS)

262 CPS workers completed the two-day state mandated “Domestic Violence Training for CPS Workers” conducted by OPDV. These 18 skill-based, interactive trainings help CPS workers better understand how domestic violence impacts the families they work with and assist them in their case practice.

  • Child Welfare (CW)

292 CW workers completed the voluntary two-day “Domestic Violence training for Child Welfare Workers” conducted by OPDV. These 18 trainings were skill-based and highly interactive providing an understanding of how domestic violence impacts families.

  • Healthy Families New York (HFNY)

102 HFNY workers completed seven one-day skill-based and highly interactive trainings. 22 HFNY workers completed the one day Train-the-Trainer. This is the second year that OPDV has trained HFNY staff using the curriculum, “Domestic Violence Training for HFNY Workers,” and the first that a Train-the-Trainer was provided to workers who will continue to train their own staff. This project was funded for 2 years through a contract with OCFS.

  • Local District Social Services (LDSS) Training

OTDA provided funding to OPDV to provide 28 one-day domestic violence training sessions for LDSS staff. This course trained 408 Temporary Assistance, Child Support Enforcement and Employment workers about the barriers related to domestic violence.

  • Family Violence Option/Domestic Violence Liaison Training Institute (DVLTI) The DVLTI is a collaborative effort coordinated by the State University of New York (SUNY), Professional Development Program (PDP) with training and technical assistance form OPDV. Three 3 day mandatory institutes provided 31 participants with the knowledge and skills necessary to fulfill the job responsibilities of the Domestic Violence Liaison position, as required by law.
  • Homeless Shelter Training

OPDV conducted seven 1 day training sessions for 144 participants. This course provides the staff of homeless shelters with fundamental knowledge on the issue of domestic violence so that staff can better understand/interact with victims.

  • Domestic Violence and the Workplace

Nine full-day and seven half-day Domestic Violence trainings were offered, including 3 webcasts with more than 540 NYS employees trained. Twelve participants then completed one of the 2 follow-up ½ day Train-the-Trainer programs. In addition, fourteen shorter Domestic Violence and the Workplace presentations were provided for state agencies.

  • Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)

OPDV provided training on TBI and DV to students at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and to judges and court clerks in the Albany area. Staff also presented a workshop on Helping Crime Victims with TBI for 35 crime victim advocates at the National Center for Victims of Crime national conference.

  • Domestic Violence Mental Health & Substance Abuse

OPDV provided training on substance abuse and mental health issues in domestic violence, for treatment providers, court personnel and attorneys in Staten Island and Binghamton, and a basic DV presentation for attorneys in Albany.

  • LGBT Domestic Violence Curriculum

OPDV’s curriculum on Domestic Violence in the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Communities continues to be available on VAWnet.

  • NYS Victim Assistance Academy (NYSVAA)

OPDV serves on the advisory and curriculum committees of NYSVAA, a project of Buffalo State College. NYSSVAA presented three 1 day conferences for crime victim service providers: Responding to Sexual Assault held at Buffalo State College, and Advocates in Court: An Interdisciplinary Toolkit, offered twice in New York City.

  • Center for Court Innovation (CCI)

OPDV and CCI co-sponsored a day-long conference called “Enhancing Victim Advocacy in the Courts” attended by 30 advocates. Materials and videos of presentations are available on the OPDV website.

  • Expanded Access Law

OPDV offered two webinars on the Expanded Access law for advocates, legal services providers and others. The NYS Coalition Against Domestic Violence and the Empire Justice Center provided an overview of the law, discussed its benefits and attempted to ascertain what challenges had arisen in its implementation.

  • Law Enforcement

42 trainings were conducted for 1,373 participants. Trainings included:

  • Nine two-day training sessions throughout the state on the revised, Municipal Police Training Council (MPTC) approved, curriculum. Through these sessions more than 200 DCJS-approved police instructors were certified to provide the curriculum to police recruits in New York’s law enforcement training academies.
  • Three webinars on New York’s Strangulation Law presented to more than 200 registered participants.
  • One webinar conducted as joint effort with the Office of Probation and Correctional Alternatives on revisions to the NYS Domestic Incident Report (DIR) to more than 100 registered participants.
  • One half-day event facilitated by OPDV to bring together police officers and victim services personnel from all jurisdictions involved in grant-funded home visit programs.
  • Health Care NYC Program

OPDV continued to raise awareness among health care providers on the issue of domestic violence, screening and the role of health care providers. The focus was on universal screening, assessing and interviewing for all female patients. The following trainings and presentations were provided:

  • 5 trainings for 45 providers on screening female patients.
  • 20 general awareness presentations for 647 providers within the Maternal and Child health system.
  • 35 presentations on domestic violence as a public health issue for 664 providers.
  • 28 presentations on cultural competency and immigrant women for 664 providers.
  • In partnership with Futures without Violence and the National Council on Juvenile and Family Court Judges on the National Judicial Institute on Domestic Violence, OPDV provided 4 trainings to a national audience of 200 judges.
  • Health Care Upstate Program

Provided three trainings at Albany Medical Center College - 2 for medical students with a total of 227 participants, and one for 34 physician’s assistant students. In addition, OPDV also spoke at Albany Medical Center Grand Rounds to 68 providers.

  • Naval Trainings

OPDV in collaboration with Naval Support at Saratoga Springs Fleet & Family Support Center provided six domestic violence trainings. These sessions were provided to 233 naval officers and enlisted military personnel in leadership positions.

For more information please visit the OPDV website.

NYS Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA)
  • A domestic violence awareness video has been made available to all OTDA staff through our intranet.

For more information visit the OTDA website.

NYS Office of Victim Services (OVS)
  • On November 17, 2011, OVS held Advanced Training on Domestic Violence for staff, viewed live in all three offices. The trainers were Cecilia Gaston, Executive Director of Violence Intervention Program and Quentin Walcott, the Director of CONNECT’s prevention program and training institute. Participants from OVS included the investigators, the advocates and grants staff.

For more information visit the OVS website.