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Implementation and Technical Assistance

This model policy is being widely disseminated to county executives and managers, domestic violence programs, local domestic violence coalitions and task forces, statewide domestic violence advocacy organizations, district attorneys, probation departments, and other interested parties. The framers of the model policy encourage counties across the state to develop a written policy on domestic violence, both to formally acknowledge their commitment to addressing the problem of domestic violence, and to increase awareness and promote appropriate interventions by criminal justice, health and human service agencies, and the community at large.

For assistance in implementation, Appendix A lists agencies in New York State that offer training and technical assistance on domestic violence generally, and/or on domestic violence as it impacts diverse groups; and Appendix B lists print resources available from OPDV and other New York State agencies. OPDV staff and Task Force members are available to provide information, technical assistance and/or training in the implementation of the model policy.

OPDV will be surveying New York State communities during 1998 regarding their progress in implementing the model policy in order to provide a report back to the Governor and the Legislature. We look forward to working together toward creating an environment of zero tolerance of domestic violence in our New York State communities.

History of Model County Policy Development

In June 1994, New York State, through the passage of Chapter 396 of the Laws of 1994, amended Section 575 of the Executive Law to include a section requiring the New York State Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence to convene a task force to develop a model county domestic violence policy "to provide consistency and coordination by and between county agencies and departments. . .by municipalities or other jurisdictions within the county and other governmental agencies and departments, by assuring that best practices, policies, protocols and procedures are used to address the issue of domestic violence."

As directed, OPDV convened a task force comprised of "county level municipal officials, municipal police and members of the judiciary, or their representatives, and directors of

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