Governor Hochul proclaims October as the butterfly of domestic violence awareness in New York State and launches bold and innovative initiatives to help

Governor Announces $ 6.5 Million in Grants Administered by State Office of Children and Family Services to Better Help Victims of Domestic Violence and Support Prevention Initiatives

State Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence Launches Public Awareness Campaign on Domestic Violence and Technology and to Host Upcoming Roundtable with Leading Experts

Governor Hochul orders state monuments to be lit purple tonight to mark the start of Domestic Violence Awareness Month

New York State Governor Kathy Hochul. Photo by and courtesy of Wikipedia.

ALBANY, NY – # October 1, 2021 – “We’ve come a long way since my mom advocated for survivors of domestic violence, but our mission to end the abuse and suffering that too many people have had to take. enduring is far from over, “Governor Hochul said.” Our systems must evolve and we must continue to deliver innovative solutions to meet the needs of survivors and families, wherever they are.

Administered by the National Office for Children and Family Services, the $ 6.5 million will support two initiatives:

  • $ 4.8 million to 79 service providers statewide to provide housing for victims of domestic violence.
  • $ 1.7 million to five non-profit organizations that offer domestic violence prevention programs. Each of these programs will receive $ 342,380: Retreat, Inc. in East Hampton, the New York City Gay and Lesbian Anti-Violence Project, Unity House of Troy, Vera House in Syracuse, and Family Justice Center of Erie County.

Governor Hochul also ordered that the following state monuments be illuminated in purple tonight to mark the start of Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

  • A global trade center
  • Grand Central Terminal – Pershing Square Viaduct
  • MTA LIRR – East End Gateway to Penn Station
  • Governor Mario M. Cuomo’s Bridge
  • Kosciuszko bridge
  • Franklin D. Roosevelt Mid-Hudson Bridge
  • The H. Carl McCall SUNY building
  • National Education building
  • Alfred E. Smith State Office Building
  • Albany International Airport Gateway
  • Lake Placid Olympic Jumping Complex
  • The main gate and exhibition center of the State Exhibition Center
  • Niagara Falls

OPDV’s new social media campaign will highlight the intersection of technology with domestic violence and raise awareness of technology-assisted forms of abuse. While technology provides survivors with access to information, safety planning, and allows them to connect to their support systems, violent partners use it to cause further harm to their partners. In addition to the campaign on Twitter (@NYSOPDV), Facebook (@NYSdomesticviolence) and Instagram (@nysopdv), the agency will sponsor a roundtable with representatives from Facebook, Apple, Norton LifeLock and academic experts to discuss emerging risks related to technology-assisted violence, as well as mobile advocacy and other innovations to help survivors.

Scheduled for Wednesday 20 October, the discussion, “Balancing Technological Innovation and Security in the Context of Gender-Based Violence”, is designed for service providers, advocates and victim support professionals. . Later this month, OPDV will also release a new publication to help survivors and advocates understand technology-assisted abuse and provide concrete tools and steps to protect privacy and security in a digital world. The agency also launched its new website.

Office of Children and Family Services Commissioner Sheila J. Poole said, “Our agency is proud to administer this federal grant to enable providers to fund the real needs of survivors of domestic violence, giving them the resources to secure safe housing. We know that providing families with support and resources is essential to preventing domestic violence in the first place. “

Office for Domestic Violence Prevention Executive Director Kelli Owens said, “Domestic Violence Awareness Month highlights a reality that victims and survivors endure year round and lets them know that ‘they are not alone. Today more than ever, technology plays an important role in how victims and survivors are abused and how they access domestic violence services. In October, we’re raising awareness of the importance of technology in transforming and updating survivor service delivery statewide. We are eternally grateful for Governor Hochul’s long-standing commitment and leadership on this important issue.

Victim Services Bureau Director Elizabeth Cronin said: “We are very proud of the work we do at OVS to ensure that victims of crime receive the support they need and to ensure that survivors of crime receive the support they need. domestic violence have the resources they need to find safety and thrive. I commend my colleagues in state agencies for their work and Governor Hochul for her strong leadership and advocacy on behalf of all victims and survivors of crime and their families.

The New York State Domestic and Sexual Violence Hotline is available 7/27: 800-942-6906 (call), 844-997-2121 (text) or @ ( cat). Last year, national and local hotlines received 252,535 calls for help.

The Victim Services Office also funds a network of more than 212 community programs that provide direct services to victims of crime and their families. The programs also help any victim of crime to seek compensation and other assistance from the agency, providing a safety net for those without other resources.


SOURCE: New York State | Executive Room | Press office

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