Leading the Field
The NYS Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence is seen as a reliable resource for information on domestic violence. In 2013, OPDV was contacted by media for interviews, background, and opinions, often following major national or local news events. OPDV’s Executive Director was interviewed and quoted on television, newspapers and podcasts. She also spoke at a major event hosted by musician Natalie Merchant and is featured in a resulting documentary. Senior staff was featured in an educational video program on human trafficking.
OPDV officials provided guidance to government and advocacy groups throughout the United States. The Executive Director spoke at the United Nations Briefing on Ending Gender Violence. She also represented New York State at a national gathering to discuss best practice and reasonable response to Family Court cases involving domestic violence and custody. A presentation on the “State of Domestic Violence” was made at the Zonta International Conference in Lake George to celebrate Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
OPDV officials also served as panelists, faculty and panel moderators at conferences, webinars and legal symposia. Events included: the National Judicial Institute on "Enhancing Skills in Domestic Violence Cases,” hosted by the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges and Futures without Violence, funded by the Federal Department of Justice’s Office on Violence Against Women and a conference for the Criminal Justice Educators Association of the State of New York regarding sexual assaults and the military.
OPDV published “Guiding Principles for Community Domestic Violence Policy,” a collaborative web document that provides information for community systems and organizations considering the development of a domestic violence policy. The Fatality Review Team conducted two reviews. OPDV produced a set of three videos and accompanying public service announcements encouraging people to get involved when they see domestic violence.
OPDV frequently provides support to other state agencies to assist them with development of new publications and projects. In 2013, OPDV worked with DCJS on promoting use of the SAVIN-NY program and supporting implementation of the Domestic Incident Report Repository; the NYS Commission of Correction to collaborate on new gang violence trainings; the NYS Office of Children and Family Services on Family Engagement strategies; the NYS Office of Victim Services and the Crime Victims Task Force on Crime Victim’s Rights Week and the annual Brick Memorial Dedication Ceremony; and the NYS Department of Health on the federally-funded Healthy Families initiative.
In 2013, OPDV contracted with Albany Law School to continue work on the Immigration Project providing legal services to domestic violence victims with unclear or undocumented immigration status. OPDV also executed contracts with a local jurisdiction to pilot a High Risk Response Team for domestic violence cases and began laying the groundwork for that Team to begin functioning.
OPDV granted requests from other states to reproduce OPDV publications, gave permission for OPDV materials to be used in college textbooks, and provided assistance to undergraduate and graduate students from colleges, universities and law schools. The University of Texas modified and translated sections of Finding Safety & Support to be used for training community health workers.