October is 2012 National Domestic Violence Awareness Month Cattaraugus County Sheriff Timothy S. Whitcomb Promotes Two Victim Notification Programs for Domestic Violence Victims
Little Valley, NY - According to the U.S. Department of Justice, about 1.3 million women are victimized by domestic violence every year. Here in Cattaraugus County, over 500 women and children are victimized yearly.
October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month (NDVAM), a time for law enforcement agencies, victim assistance organizations and community leaders to work jointly to generate greater public awareness about domestic violence, prevention strategies and effective responses for victims.
Cattaraugus County Sheriff Timothy S. Whitcomb wants domestic violence victims to be aware that they have access to vital information through two victim notification programs offered by the Sheriff’s Office through the New York State Sheriffs’ Association Institute, Inc.
The first is the Family Court Order of Protection Notification Project SAVIN-NY (Statewide Automated Victim Information and Notification), which allows domestic violence victims to register at www.savin-ny.org 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 New York Sheriffs’ Victim Hotline - VINE® (Victim Information and Notification Everyday), which allows crime victims to register at 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.
According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, about one-third of female murder victims were killed by an intimate partner. “Victims of domestic violence often need the kind of timely information that the VINE and SAVIN-NY 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 Timothy Whitcomb.
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’ Association Institute, Inc. was established in 1979. The mission of the New York State Sheriffs’ Association Institute, Inc. is 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.
The New York Sheriffs’ Victim Hotline - VINE® is a program of the New York State Sheriffs’ Association Institute, Inc., which provides crime victims and the general public free information in both English and Spanish 24 hours a day about offenders incarcerated in the New York City Department of Correction, the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision (DCCS) and 60 county correctional facilities. 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.
SAVIN-NY is a program of the New York State Sheriff’s Association Institute, Inc., in partnership with: the NYS Association of Chiefs, NYS Police, NYS Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services, NYS Unified Courts, NYS Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence, NYS Office of Victim Services, Westchester County Department of Women, and NYS Coalition against Domestic Violence. This project was supported by Grant No. 2011-VN-CX-0012 awarded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance.
For more information about 2012 National Domestic Violence Awareness Month or to learn more about the New York State Sheriffs’ Institute victim notification services, contact Investigator Melanie Easton at 716-701- 3447.