One in four women will be the victim of domestic violence at some point in her lifetime, and, on average, three women are killed every day at the hands of a current or former intimate partner.
This October, as we mark National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Cayuga County Sheriff Dave Gould wants domestic violence victims to be aware of two potentially life-saving victim notification programs offered by the Sheriff’s Office through the New York State Sheriffs’ Institute.
The first is the Order of Protection Notification Program, which allows domestic violence victims to register to be notified by phone, text message, or e-mail when a Family Court Order of Protection has been served. This service is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
The second is the Prisoner Release Notification Program (powered by VINE®), which allows crime victims to register at HYPERLINK “http://www.vinelink.com/” \h www.vinelink.com or toll-free at 1-888-VINE-4-NY to be notified by phone or e-mail in the event of an offender’s release from jail or prison. This service is also available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
“Victims of domestic violence often need the kind of timely information that NYS Sheriffs’ Association Victim Services Programs provide. Both programs provide registered crime victims with critical information when they need it most. This access empowers domestic violence victims to gain a greater degree of control in their lives and to make informed decisions about their safety,” said Sheriff Gould.
Domestic Violence Awareness Month was created in 1987 to promote increased rights and services for domestic violence victims; to educate the public about the crisis of domestic violence and the prevalence of this epidemic in all of our lives; and to encourage involvement and support from our community for domestic violence victims and those who serve them.
The New York State Sheriffs’ Institute was established in 1979 to assist New York’s Sheriffs in the advancement of education in the criminal justice community, to prevent juvenile delinquency, to develop lawful and productive citizens, and to support victims of crime and their families.
VINE® is the nation’s first automated service for victim notification. VINE® currently serves crime victims in more than 2,400 communities in 47 states, including most of the nation’s largest metropolitan areas. # # #