Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence

Statistics

Domestic Violence Annual Report 2013

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Policies, Projects and Programs

During 2013 the following members of the NYS DV Advisory Council developed new policies and/or participated in domestic violence projects and programs:

New York State Office for the Aging (OFA)
  • NYSOFA completed the planning phase and began implementation of the federal Elder Abuse Prevention Interventions grant from the Administration for Community Living to pilot an intervention focusing on reduction and prevention of financial exploitation of older adults.  Two pilot sites (Manhattan and Finger Lakes) are implementing enhanced multi-disciplinary teams, which include a forensic accountant, to work on complex financial exploitation cases.  Additionally, a training curriculum was developed in partnership with the Office of Children and Family Services, Bureau of Adult Services and local partners, and will be implemented to train financial professionals about financial exploitation.  The curriculum has been piloted and is undergoing revisions for further implementation in the upcoming years of the grant initiative.
  • NYSOFA worked with OPDV to develop and release a desk reference and brochure about elder abuse for dissemination to Senior Centers across the state.
  • NYSOFA contractor, Lifespan of Greater Rochester, provided 208 individuals with domestic elder mistreatment services/direct social work intervention in a 10 county catchment area, working with law enforcement, aging service providers, financial institutions, Adult Protective Services, the courts and other agencies as appropriate.
  • Completed the required update of the Domestic Violence and the Workplace Policy addressing the handling of orders of protection and filed the bi-annual reports with OPDV.

For more information visit the OFA website.

New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS)
  • Information for the OASAS Client data system is gathered, system-wide, at time of discharge. Questions are asked to determine whether or not a particular individual was, at any point in the treatment process, identified as a victim or perpetrator of intimate partner violence (IPV)/domestic violence (DV).  In 2012 OASAS also added the rate of identification of significant others into our data set.  In 2013,  208,829 treatment recipients reported the following:
    • Identification of Victims
    • The percentage of primary clients who identified as victims increased slightly from 12% to 12.5%.
    • The percentage of significant others who identified as victims decreased slightly from 22.8% to 22.2%.
    • The percentage of all clients who identified as victims increased slightly from 12.1% to 12.5%. 
    • Identification of Perpetrators
    • The percentage of primary clients who identified as perpetrators increased slightly from 5.7 % to 5.9%.
    • The percentage of significant others who identified as perpetrators decreased from 5.9% to 4.6%.
    • The percentage of all clients who identified as perpetrators increased slightly from 5.8 % to 5.9 %.
    • Overall Rates
    • The overall rates of identification represent a much smaller incidence of co-occurring domestic violence and substance use disorders than has been cited by national statistics.  OASAS continues to track data and investigate this disparity.
  • In keeping with the OPDV focus area for 2013 a Workplace Plan was developed to provide greater awareness of the IPV/DV policies and resources available to OASAS employees.  An ongoing Domestic Violence Workgroup, which consists of OASAS employees, implemented the following initiatives to address this goal: 
    • The IPV/DV policy is posted on the OASAS intranet.
    • IPV/DV contacts were made at each OASAS facility and those individuals were forwarded OPDV posters containing local IPV/DV resources.  The contacts then posted them in the lounge/lunch areas at their respective OASAS facilities.
    • IPV/DV information was integrated into the mandatory workplace violence training that all OASAS employees received.
    • OASAS recognized October IPV/DV Awareness Month with presentations for employees at various OASAS facilities and an agency-wide promotion to “Wear Purple” on the designated day. 
  • System Wide OASAS Workgroup
    • OASAS sustained an ongoing cross-sectional employee workgroup that addresses issues related to IPV/DV services for employees as well as services for clients.
  • Completed the required update of the Domestic Violence and the Workplace Policy addressing the handling of orders of protection and filed the bi-annual reports with OPDV.

For more information visit the OASAS website.

New York State Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS
  • Eleven Child Protective/Domestic Violence (CPS/DV) collaboration projects continued to be funded.  CFSR data showed domestic violence to be one of the most frequent risk factors in indicated CPS cases.  In each funded project a domestic violence advocate is located at the CPS office and typically provides case consultation, participates in home visits and cross training and works jointly with case workers to develop safety plans with victims of domestic violence and their children.  DV and CPS staff also participate in workgroups to case conference and to develop joint case practice protocols.  In 2013, approximately 2,065 families received specialized services through the collaboration projects.  In 90% of the indicated CPS reports in the project, the children remained safely with the non-offending parent.  In 88% of the unfounded reports, families were able to access necessary supports and services.
  • OCFS continued to work with the Center for Human Services Research at the University of Albany to evaluate the impact of the CPS/DV collaborations.  The multi-stage study has provided insight into the effectiveness of co-location as a model and gathered information to improve CPS/DV collaborative practice.  The study was conducted over a two-year period and concluded in 2013.  Findings showed that collaborative programs produced multiple benefits.  Overall, co-location of a DVA in a CPS office fostered positive case practice and improved system relationships. More findings and the full evaluation reports are available on the CHSR website.
  • OCFS was awarded a $775,000 Hurricane Sandy Emergency Grant from the United States Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).  The purpose of these funds is to support domestic violence survivor needs resulting from displacement as a result of Hurricane Sandy.  These funds are available to licensed Residential and approved Non-Residential Domestic Violence providers which currently receive FFVPSA funding from OCFS, and that are located in one of the following counties deemed impacted by Hurricane Sandy: the five boroughs of New York City (Manhattan, Bronx, Brooklyn, Staten Island and Queens), Nassau, Orange,  Putnam, Rockland, Suffolk, Sullivan, and Westchester.
  • In 2013, OCFS approved a proposal for a trial of the first pet friendly DV shelter in New York State.  The Urban Resource Center in Manhattan submitted the proposal and the plan includes a six month trial period for clients with small pets other than dogs and an additional six month trial that will include dogs.  This is an important new project because many DV victims are reluctant to leave abusive situations if they cannot take their pets with them. 
  •  OCFS participated in the New York State Domestic Violence Fatality Review Team in 2013.  The team is coordinated by OPDV and consists of a combination of representatives from state agencies as well as local agencies and systems.  The team is tasked with examining domestic violence deaths in New York in an effort to improve the system’s response to domestic violence.
  • On October 16, 2013, OCFS participated in New York State’s “Shine the Light on Domestic Violence” day in recognition of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.  The fifth annual OCFS “Purple Day” was conducted.  All OCFS employees were encouraged to support domestic violence awareness by wearing purple to work and lobby lights in the OCFS buildings were purple for the week.  Employees from the Domestic Violence Unit staffed display tables, answered questions, and disseminated literature.
  • A domestic violence guidance document was developed for the Healthy Families New York home visiting program.  Entitled “Working with Families Where There May be Domestic Violence”, it provides guidance for home visiting staff on recognizing DV in a household and working with families who are experiencing DV.     
  • Completed the required update of the Domestic Violence and the Workplace Policy addressing the handling of orders of protection and filed the bi-annual reports with OPDV.

For more information visit the OCFS website

New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision (DOCCS)
  • Additional DOCCS staff attended the 8 hour Domestic Violence and the Workplace training which allows supervisory staff to be a resource to employees who are victims of domestic violence and to ensure that assistance is available for safety planning and referrals to community resources.
  • Departmental policy was updated to clearly define where orders of protection will be secured for confidentiality of victimized staff.
  • Access to the Domestic Incident Report (DIR) database has allowed Correctional Facility staff to obtain accurate information about orders of protection (OP).  Often, offenders come in to DOCCS with an OP from a local or Family court that are unrelated to the commitment crime.  With access to the DIR system, DOCCS is now able to determine if there are steps that need to be taken to instruct inmates not to violate the conditions set forth in the OP. Negative visit, telephone and correspondence lists are established to further reduce the likelihood the offender will have unwanted contact with the victim.
  • Correctional Facility and Community Supervision staff participated in October Domestic Violence Awareness Month by posting domestic violence information throughout report sites.  Staff wore purple and/or wore purple ribbons.
  • Bake sales were held at several correctional Facilities with funds raised forwarded to local domestic violence service programs.
  • Completed the required update of the Domestic Violence and the Workplace Policy addressing the handling of orders of protection and filed the bi-annual reports with OPDV.

For more information visit the DOCCS website.

Office of Court Administration (OCA)
  • Unified Court System implemented the New York State Domestic Violence Advocate Assisted E-Petition Project, providing a user-friendly website for domestic violence advocates to assist litigants in creating a legally sufficient Family Offense petition necessary to obtain a Family Court Order of Protection.  The web-based interview available through ProBono.net collects data that is electronically submitted directly to the statewide Family Court case management database, where the Court can easily review the information and quickly docket the case, saving the litigants and the court significant time and improving the accuracy of Family Offense filings.  In 2013 the interview was completed in 13 counties statewide, and 1,499 family offense dockets were created using the system.  It is expected to be implemented in each county statewide by the end of 2014.
  • New York State courts issued a total of 300,236 orders of protection in 2013 showing a slight decline from 304,239 in 2012, of which 209,729 were required to be recorded in the UCS’ Domestic Violence Registry.
  • 17% of the family offense filings in New York State Family Courts fell under the expanded definition of “intimate relationship,” a 1% increase from 2012.  Of these, nearly 5% were made by individuals in current or former same-sex relationships, approximately a 1% increase from 2012.  This number has remained relatively stable since the 2008 passage of Expanded Access.
  • New York State integrated domestic violence (IDV) courts use a “one family-one judge” model to bring before a single judge in Supreme Court the multiple criminal, family and matrimonial disputes for families where domestic violence is an underlying issue.  In 2013, 2,443 new families and 13,649 new cases entered the 42 IDV courts around the state.  Since 2012 the number of families served decreased by 9%, while the number of cases handled decreased by 8%.
  • The 39 New York State Domestic Violence Courts (DVCs), each staffed by a designated judge, heard 26,891 new cases in 2013, a 5% decrease from 2012.
  • Continued operation of three youthful offender domestic violence courts (YODVC’s) in Brooklyn, Bronx and Yonkers.  These YODVC’s handle cases involving teen defendants tailored to the particular circumstances of adolescent defendants; they work with programs developed for teens and have available intensive advocacy aimed at supporting complaining witnesses, many of whom are teens as well.  The 348 cases are included above in the statistics for the DV courts.
  • Continued drafting a Spanish translation of the order of protection to be piloted in 2014.
  • Began focus groups to inform the drafting of a firearms surrender protocol. 
  • Worked with the Center for Court Innovation regarding incarcerated women’s re-entry and intimate partner violence. 
  • Completed the required update of the Domestic Violence and the Workplace Policy addressing the handling of orders of protection and filed the bi-annual reports with OPDV.

For more information visit the OCA website.

New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS)
Office of Criminal Justice Operations
  • Maintained the state’s electronic Domestic Incident Report (DIR) Repository, which provides law enforcement agencies with cross-jurisdictional access to DIRs, allowing them to more effectively respond to incidents of domestic violence and enhance officer and victim safety. DIRs are completed whenever the police respond to a domestic incident-related call for service; those paper documents are sent to DCJS, which captures the data contained in them electronically. The repository allows the reports to be searched by victim or offender name, incident address or document number. DIRs are filed by more than 550 police agencies in the 57 counties outside of New York City. During 2013, there were 189,152 DIRs entered into the repository and as of Dec. 31, 2013 there was a total of 767,393 DIRs.  More than 200 police agencies had access to the repository at the end of last year.
Office of Public Safety
  • Worked with agencies participating in Operation IMPACT, which targets the 17 jurisdictions outside of New York City that report 80 percent of the crime in the state, to encourage those agencies to develop strategies to better target domestic violence. The following counties participate in IMPACT – Albany, Broome, Chautauqua, Dutchess, Erie, Monroe, Nassau, Niagara, Oneida, Onondaga, Orange, Rensselaer, Rockland, Schenectady, Suffolk, Ulster and Westchester – and the following activities occurred in 2013:
    • In the 2013-14 Request for Assistance cycle, all IMPACT jurisdictions were strongly encouraged to design a domestic violence reduction strategy.  They were also required to participate in the Domestic Incident Report Repository, and to submit the Domestic Incident Report flag on arrest cards.
  • Thirteen of the 17 jurisdictions also opted to identify a domestic violence reduction strategy. OPDV reviewed and provided input to DCJS on the content of all of the proposals, and has provided support to all jurisdictions through technical assistance and training.
Office of Justice Research and Performance
  • DCJS was represented on the NYS Domestic Violence Fatality Review Team. The Team’s work commenced in March 2013 via a two day training event.  The first case review occurred in June 2013, with a second case review completed in November 2013.  For additional information on the NYS Domestic Violence Fatality Review Initiative please visit the OPDV website.
Office of Probation and Correctional Alternatives (OPCA)
  • Probation Domestic Violence Liaisons
  • Through OPCA’s coordination, each probation department has an identified Probation Domestic Violence Liaison who serves as a primary point of contact for Domestic Violence related matters.  A directory of these liaisons, updated on 9/23/2013, can be found on the OPCA website.
  • Management of Interstate Transfer DV Offenders
    • OPCA’s Interstate Office continues to screen incoming DV cases and runs NCIC/III record checks, performs DIR Searches, Order of Protection Inquiries and checks the sex offender registry on all incoming DV offenders.  Any crucial information received as a result of performing said searches is forwarded to local probation departments via email. 
    • In 2013 the unit managed 130 DV cases transferred in to New York. 
    • In 2013 the unit managed 39 DV cases transferred out of New York.
  • Chapter 491 of the Laws of 2012
    • Through State Probation Directors Memorandum 2013, OPCA informed New York’s 58 probation departments of the new Domestic Violence Laws enacted through Chapter 491 of the Laws of 2012.  In their Annual Plans submitted in 2013, probation departments and ATI programs which operate Pre-Trial Services Programs were further asked to offer comment regarding their practices as related to certain provisions of these new laws.
  • Annual Probation Plan
    • OPCA’s Annual Probation Plan package completed by each probation department includes a series of questions which reflect their Domestic Violence related efforts.  In response to submitted plans, OPCA provided follow up guidance  in 2013, encouraging access to the DCJS DIR Repository to certain departments who appeared to not be using, or under-utilizing that tool.  
  • NYS Domestic Violence Fatality Review Team
    • The NYS Domestic Violence Fatality Review Team membership includes a representative from OPCA, as well as the Director of a County Probation Department.  The Team’s work commenced in March 2013 via a two day training event.  The first case review occurred in June 2013, with a second case review completed in November 2013.  For additional information on the NYS Domestic Violence Fatality Review Initiative, please visit the OPDV website.
  • Completed the required update of the Domestic Violence and the Workplace Policy addressing the handling of orders of protection and filed the bi-annual reports with OPDV.

For more information visit the DCJS website.

New York State Education Department (SED)
  • In recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, illuminated the SED building in purple.
  • Completed the required update of the Domestic Violence and the Workplace Policy addressing the handling of orders of protection and filed the bi-annual reports with OPDV.

For more information visit the SED website.

New York State Department of Health (DOH)
  • The Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Health Home Visitation (MIECHV) initiative supports Nurse Family Partnership programs in Kings, Monroe, Nassau, Onondaga and Bronx counties and Healthy Families New York programs in Bronx, Erie and Kings Counties.  Funded programs provide home visiting services to Medicaid-eligible families and are required to screen for domestic violence, refer for relevant services and assist clients with completing a safety plan as appropriate.  From October 1, 2012 to September 30, 2013, 1,105 women were served, of whom 1,010 were screened for domestic violence.
  • The Family Planning Program contracts with 49 providers with 188 clinic sites and provided reproductive health care services to 344,916 clients in 2013.  These programs have operating certificates authorized by DOH to operate as an Article 28 facility, so they are required to screen for domestic violence.  Each family planning program must also provide annual training to staff on domestic violence, develop policies and procedures for domestic violence screening, and provide a narrative response regarding its efforts to identify domestic violence in its annual report.
  • The Community Health Worker Program is an outreach, home visiting, information and referral program and it served 3,000 high-risk pregnant and postpartum women and their families in 2013.  Community Health Workers provide information, education and referrals on a variety of topics which may impact maternal, infant and child health outcomes, including domestic violence.
  • DOH funds 50 Rape Crisis and Sexual Violence Prevention Programs (RCSVPP’s) at 72 sites throughout New York State.  In 2013 RCSVPP programs:
    • Served approximately 31,547 clients.
    • Provided 2,959 multi-session educational programs to 19,226 young people.
    • Provided 1,110 professional trainings to 20,268 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 bystanders and other prevention topics.
  • The Rape Crisis and Sexual Violence Prevention Program (RCSVPP) provided 2,959 multi-session educational programs to 19,226 young people.  RCSVPPs conducted these prevention education programs in schools, colleges and community locations.
  • NYSDOH has a Memorandum of Understanding with the Child Abuse Referral and Evaluation (CARE) program of the University Health Care Center in Syracuse to establish the Child Abuse Medical Provider (CHAMP) program.  This program supports a network of medical providers specially trained to examine pediatric patients suspected of being sexually abused.  The goal of the CHAMP network is to improve access to quality medical care for suspected child sexual abuse victims through the provision of training webinars and on-line education.  CHAMP offered six webcasts on child abuse between 10/2012 and 9/2013, with 507 participants.  In addition, 82 participants successfully completed the CHAMP Evaluating Child Sexual Abuse (ECSA) on-line interactive coursework.
  • The Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner (SAFE) Program provided services for 2,575 acute cases that presented within 96 hours of the assault.  NYSDOH approves SAFE training programs, SAFE hospitals and specialty trained health professionals as SAFE Examiners work to ensure that victims of sexual violence are provided with competent, compassionate and prompt care, while providing the most advanced technology associated with sexual assault forensic evidence collection and preservation.  There are 40 SAFE Centers of Excellence in New York State, approximately 267 Examiners and 10 DOH approved SAFE training programs.
  • Information from OPDV’s 2013 Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month was sent to the Comprehensive Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention initiative and the Personal Responsibility Education Program organizations for dissemination in the communities they serve.
  • Completed the required update of the Domestic Violence and the Workplace Policy addressing the handling of orders of protection and filed the bi-annual reports with OPDV.

For more information visit the DOH website.

New York State Department of Labor (DOL)
  • The Department of Labor has an electronic incident report system primarily for workplace violence prevention.  The system transmits the incident report to the appropriate staff person to address the incident, and keeps track of the progress of the incident management for oversight.
    • For the management of domestic violence incidents, Labor has added a checkbox for “domestic violence.” Any staff member reporting an incident can indicate that the incident was related to domestic violence.  This will trigger appropriate intervention on behalf of the victim.
    • Labor has also added a field for “Order of Protection/Restraining Order.”  This will alert appropriate security officers to the danger posed to the victim and will enable them to get law enforcement assistance in the event that a perpetrator came to one of their buildings. 
    • The above information is accessible by Executive Management and is kept confidential. 
    • For every incident of domestic violence, a staff person is assigned to resolve the incident.  The staff person assigned can inquire of the victim and update the unusual incident record if the incident was related to domestic violence.
    • Reports are able to be run on the system and identify locations where domestic violence incidents have occurred so that appropriate safeguards are in effect at the location to protect the victim and the rest of the workforce.
  • Completed the required update of the Domestic Violence and the Workplace Policy addressing the handling of orders of protection and filed the bi-annual reports with OPDV.

For more information visit the DOL website.

New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH)
  • OMH employees helped raise awareness by participating in Domestic Violence Awareness Month in the following ways:
    • DV support staff displayed and disseminated information.
    • Many employees wore purple, including the hospital Executive Directors who were gathered for a meeting that day.
    • Collected cell phones to donate to domestic violence programs.
    • Changed the lighting and signs to purple for the month.
    • Played DV themed movies for brown bag discussion in October.
    • Utilized domestic violence tool kit to distribute printed materials and e-versions.
  • Reusable banners were printed with material from the OPDV website.
  • Mass emails were sent with statistics and references for assistance.
  • Completed the required update of the Domestic Violence and the Workplace Policy addressing the handling of orders of protection and filed the bi-annual reports with OPDV.

For more information visit the OMH website.

New York State Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence (OPDV)
  • NYS Domestic Violence Advisory Council  
    • The Council met twice in 2013 providing domestic violence information and updates from member agencies and systems.
    • Released the 2012 New York State Domestic Violence Annual Report.
    • Council Members reported out on their efforts for the 2013 focus topic of “Domestic Violence and the Workplace.”
    • Identified “LGBT Domestic Violence Victims and Perpetrators – Screening, Services & Referrals” as the Council’s topic for 2014.
  • Domestic Violence and the Workplace
    • Domestic Violence and the Workplace Policy.  All NYS agencies and participating municipalities revised their Domestic Violence and the Workplace Policies to include specific information regarding orders of protection (OP).  Employees are now clear where and to whom they can provide copies of their OP, and what happens to that information after it has been brought forward. It is hoped this update will encourage more employees to provide a copy of their OP to the appropriate workplace designee, creating a safer work environment for them, and for the rest of the workforce.
    • 2013 Bi-Annual Domestic Violence and the Workplace Report. All NYS agencies have a Domestic Violence and the Workplace Policy in place and report pertinent domestic violence information to OPDV twice a year.  The following reflects the information reported by NYS agencies for 2013:
    • 285 incidents of DV occurred in the workplace.
    • 199 employees reported that they were involved in DV (victim or perpetrator).
    • 152 employees reported that others were victims of DV.
    • 345 employees requested DV information.
    • 300 referrals were made to NYS DV service providers.
    • 240 orders of protection were disclosed to agencies.
    • Capstone Team. OPDV was awarded the opportunity to supervise a team of graduate students from NYU Wagner Graduate School of Public Service as part of the NYU Capstone Project.  The students researched and analyzed the efficacy of the NYS Domestic Violence and the Workplace program by conducting a literature review comparing the comprehensiveness of the NYS program versus other states and made recommendations of action steps that OPDV could take to improve the program and/or reporting in order to make the state workplace safer for victims of domestic violence and their colleagues.  Their suggestion of more explicit information for employees on how orders of protection will be handled by the workplace was implemented through a policy revision (see above).
  • Fatality Review Team 
  • The provision of the legislation that created the NYS Domestic Violence Fatality Review Team became effective in April 2013.  The activities of the team in 2013 included:
    • The appointment of team members, which began in 2012, was completed. 
    • Team members participated in a two-day training conducted by the National Domestic Violence Fatality Review Initiative.  The training included learning from the national experts how to conduct fatality reviews as well as creating the process by which the NYS team operates.
    • The team developed a mission statement, guiding principles, and a confidentiality agreement.  Information about the project was developed and posted to the OPDV website, including a referral form that can be used by the general public to refer a case to the team for possible review.
    • A secure, confidential website for the sharing of information between team members and individuals who provide records to the team was developed and initiated.
    • The team conducted 2 two-day case reviews of intimate partner fatalities that occurred in New York State.  These intensive reviews were conducted in communities where the fatalities occurred and included meeting with local responders who were involved in the cases.
  • Guiding Principles for Community Domestic Violence Policy 

    In 2012 OPDV received a Byrne Justice Assistance Grant-American Recovery and Reinvestment Grant, to update the 1997 Model Policy for Counties.  This project was completed in 2013.  The web document was a collaborative effort between OPDV, the Empire Justice Center and subject matter experts across the state.  It provides valuable information for community systems and organizations who are thinking about developing a domestic violence policy.  In addition to General Guiding Principles that would apply to all systems and organizations, there is detailed information for:

    • Law Enforcement
    • Community Corrections
    • Prosecutors/Civil Attorneys
    • Courts
    • Education
    • Health Care
    • Mental Health/Substance Use Disorder
    • Workplace
    • Public Assistance & Public Housing
  • Respect Love/Love Respect

    OPDV conducted a focus group of teens to critique the Respect Love/Love Respect website.  This information is being used to restructure the design of the website in an effort to make the content more current and the site user friendly.

  • Completed the required update of the Domestic Violence and the Workplace Policy addressing the handling of orders of protection and filed the bi-annual reports with OPDV.

For more information visit the OPDV website.

New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA)
  • Continued supervision of social service districts’ implementation of the Family Violence Option (FVO) which provides domestic violence  screening of all applicants for Temporary Assistance (TA) and if appropriate, the referral of TA applicants or recipients to district Domestic Violence Liaisons (DVLs). DVLs are trained to assess the needs of DV victims and to provide waivers from any TA program requirements (i.e., employment, child support) that might further endanger the victim.
  • Continued to make training on the Family Violence Option and other domestic violence issues available to county Domestic Violence Liaisons (DVL) through our contracts with the Professional Development Program (PDP) and OPDV.  In 2013, 27 counties sent a total of 42 workers to the three-day DVL Institute.
  • Actively encouraged employees of OTDA to demonstrate support for Domestic Violence Awareness Month by wearing purple to work on October 16th.  In October, OTDA also made DV information available to employees through the use of a staffed outreach table in the building lobby.
  • Completed the required update of the Domestic Violence and the Workplace Policy addressing the handling of orders of protection and filed the bi-annual reports with OPDV.

For more information visit the OTDA website.

NYS Office of Victim Services (OVS)
  • During National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, April 21 – April 27, 2013, numerous domestic violence awareness events were posted on the OVS website calendar.
  • During Domestic Violence Awareness Month OVS worked with the OGS Building Manager of the Shirley A. Chisholm State Office Building located at 55 Hanson Place in Brooklyn to turn the building façade purple. 
  • State employees at the Brooklyn office and at 80 South Swan Street in Albany and 65 Court Street in Buffalo were encouraged to wear purple on October 17 to enhance awareness and display solidarity in opposition to domestic violence in all its forms.
  • Completed the required update of the Domestic Violence and the Workplace Policy addressing the handling of orders of protection and filed the bi-annual reports with OPDV.

For more information visit the OVS website.