Appointed Council-Member Activities
Many nonprofit and District Attorney offices do tireless work across the state. Their voices and work are represented by the nine (9) appointed members of the Council, and some of their contributions are outlined below.
New York State Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NYSCADV)
The New York State Coalition Against Domestic Violence launched a multi-faceted plan to address capacity building for core services, expand membership and outreach, build collaborations in New York State and nationally, as well as expand program development, resource development, policy analysis and training and technical assistance initiatives. A summary of 2013 includes the following:
- Statewide Coordination and Participation – continued working with various state agencies to advocate on behalf of member programs and the survivors they serve. NYSCADV is a member of the NYS Domestic Violence Advisory Council, NYS VAWA Advisory Group, NYS Office of Victim Services Advisory Group and the NYS Domestic Violence Fatality Review Team.
- Training and Technical Assistance – Assisted member programs in providing trauma-informed, survivor-centered services by providing guidance regarding state and national laws, rules and regulations and information about best practices. In addition, NYSCADV staff provided technical assistance and support to dozens of groups, allies, coalitions, programs and agencies via telephone, email, webinars, trainings, mailings, website, site visits and technical assistance packets.
- Regional Meetings – Attended regional meetings and provided information, resources and updates regarding statewide and national initiatives and responded to training and technical assistance requests.
- Domestic Violence Counts 2013: A 24-hour Census of Domestic Violence Shelters and Services – On September 17, 2013, the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV) conducted a one-day unduplicated count of adults and children seeking domestic violence services in the United States. NYSCADV participated, and a key finding from the Census indicated that New York has the 3rd largest demand for domestic violence services in the country. On the day of the Census, 4,589 victims were served in New York. Just as important, there were 572 unmet requests for services (primarily counseling, housing, legal representation and financial assistance).
- Domestic Violence and Disaster Response Project – In the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy and other recent and far ranging disasters in New York State, NYSCADV began the implementation of a groundbreaking disaster relief project in conjunction with the NYS Office of Children and Family Services, the National Domestic Violence Hotline, the New Jersey Coalition for Battered Women and the New Jersey Family Violence Prevention and Services Program state administrator. With technical assistance and support from the US Department of Health and Human Services, NYSCADV began project activities which include developing training on domestic violence in disaster response situations for disaster relief staff, volunteers and domestic violence advocates. In addition, NYSCADV participated in public awareness campaigns and built collaborations to strengthen disaster response throughout the state.
- Culturally-Specific and Underserved Populations – NYSCADV conducted several activities in conjunction with culturally specific service providers and representatives from underserved communities, including the following:
- Immigrant and migrant populations.
- Tribal technical assistance and support activities.
- LGBTQ technical assistance and support activities.
- Domestic Violence Prevention
- Completed participation in the Domestic Violence Prevention Enhancement and Leadership Through Alliances (DELTA) Project in conjunction with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
- Released NYSCADV’s “Strategic Direction for the Prevention of Intimate Partner Violence in New York State.”
For more information visit the NYSCADV website.
Saratoga County Domestic Violence and Rape Crisis Services (DVRC)
Domestic Violence and Rape Crisis Services of Saratoga County provided:
- Crisis intervention and support services for 743 survivors of relationship or sexual abuse.
- Emergency Shelter – 2,725 bed nights of emergency shelter for 63 women and 47 children.
- Supportive Housing – 58 persons (26 adults and 32 children) received safe housing in independent apartments through our New View Housing programs, a total of 10,281 bed nights of housing.
- Hotline Crisis Response – responded to 1,172 hotline calls.
- Supportive Victim-Assistance Services – In-person support services to 631 survivors of intimate partner violence through direct counseling, legal, shelter and economic stability services.
- Legal Advocacy – 90 persons received legal advocacy, assistance with 125 petitions for orders of protection, temporary custody or temporary support and legal clinics to provide pro bono legal services to 19 abuse survivors.
- Employment Assistance – 32 unemployed women were assisted in finding jobs.
- Economic Empowerment – 62 women participated in Project Hope and Power, an 8 week financial literacy program.
- Rape Crisis Services – 34 sexual assault victims received advocacy and follow-up services accessing forensic examinations, as well as counseling and support services to assist 112 primary and secondary victims of sexual assault.
- Community Alliance Program – sustained this innovative community mobilization program to create social change to reduce relationship violence.
- Teen Dating Violence Prevention – educational programs provided services to 4,103 youth.
- Workplace Toolkit – DVRC collaborated with Cengage Learning to develop a domestic violence workplace toolkit for businesses throughout Saratoga County. The toolkit contains information for general workplace awareness, resources to help managers and business owners respond when relationship abuse impacts the workplace, and referral information to local resources. This toolkit is provided at no cost to Saratoga County businesses.
For more information visit the DVRC website.
Sanctuary for Families, (NYC)
Sanctuary for Families provided services to 10,125 women, men, and children including the following:
- Crisis Intervention: Safety planning, advice, and referrals to 2,300 clients.
- Counseling: Individual and family counseling, support groups, and psychiatric services in multiple languages for 760 adults and 460 children and teens.
- Children and Teen Services: Educational advocacy, tutoring, childcare, afterschool support services, family movie nights with facilitated discussions, and other non-counseling services to 2,500 children and teens.
- Legal Services: Advocacy and representation to 2,800 clients in family law, matrimonial, immigration, public benefits, and other specialty areas; legal advice, screenings, and referrals to an additional 1,920 clients.
- Shelter: Safe refuge and supplementary services to 509 women and children at five crisis and transitional shelters (approximately 200 each night).
- Career Training: In-house job readiness and hard skills training workshops preparing 150 clients for living-wage, service sector jobs with instruction in MS Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, typing, and basic literacy.
- Economic Empowerment Services: Career planning, economic advocacy, job placement assistance, housing and public benefits assistance, personal finance education, and referrals for 650 clients.
- Financial Assistance: $362,500 in carefully screened, need-based emergency and stability grants for nearly 400 clients, for expenses such as rent for eviction prevention, college tuition, and furniture for clients fleeing violent homes.
- Literacy Programming: New literacy programming for parents and children in partnership with the New York Public Library, providing address requirement waivers for library cards for families in confidential shelters, and reading help in multiple languages/at all literacy levels.
Sanctuary’s lawyers and social workers provide an extensive program of professional training and awareness-building outreach, which last year reached 16,000 individuals on the crime of domestic violence and resources available to its victims. Sanctuary delivers outreach at schools, hospitals, neighborhood and community centers, religious institutions, and other venues to reach potential clients, parents, teens, concerned community members and community leaders. Our broad professional training programs reach other service provider staff and volunteers, police, judges, district attorneys, pro bono attorneys, and many others on topics ranging from risk assessment and safety planning, immigrant clinical and legal issues, and the effects of domestic violence on children. These efforts greatly leverage Sanctuary’s capacity to reach many more abuse victims and children in need.
- 215 trainings reached 7,843 individuals.
- 318 outreaches reached 9,077 individuals.
For more information visit the Sanctuary for Families website.