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training programs, and homeless housing networks. Provider also refers to members of faith communities.

Domestic Violence Service Provider: Agency or a staff member of an agency that primarily or exclusively provides comprehensive services to victims of domestic violence, including residential programs licensed by the NYS Office of Children and Family Services (formerly, the Department of Social Services) and primary providers of non-residential services to victims of domestic violence.

Victim-Witness Advocates: Individuals who provide advocacy and information to the broader group of crime victims, including victims of domestic violence. These persons are often based in, or linked with, the District Attorney's Office or law enforcement agencies, and the victims they work with generally have pending cases before the court.

Batterers Intervention Program: A program that includes, but is not limited to, the operation of educational classes for abusers as part of a coordinated criminal and civil justice and community response; demonstration of accountability to battered women through ongoing, clear, and cooperative relationships with domestic violence service providers; and the provision of community education and training. (See New York State Draft Standards for Intervention with Men Who Batter listed in  Appendix A.)

County and local officials and leaders: Includes, but is not limited to, County Executives, County Legislators, and County Agency Department Heads; and mayors, town supervisors, and council members.


Scope of the Problem

Domestic violence occurs in epidemic proportions, impacting an estimated 6.2 million American  women every year, (3) and causing more injury to women than car accidents, muggings, and rapes combined. (4) It is a lethal crime, which claims the lives of four women on average each day, (5) leaving hundreds of children motherless each year. Yet women are not the only

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