Volume 20 | Issue 1 | January 2019
January is...
Stalking Awareness Month
January is National Stalking Awareness Month (NSAM)! Stalking is a prevalent crime that often co-occurs with domestic violence. Stalking is a pattern of behavior directed at a specific person that causes fear.

Stalking can be an extension of power and control in an abusive relationship, and many abusers stalk their partners both during and after the relationship has ended. Intimate partner stalkers are the most dangerous stalkers: they are more likely to approach victims, escalate behaviors, re-offend and assault their victims. Stalking is a terrifying and psychologically harmful crime in its own right as well as a predictor of lethality: in 85% of cases where an intimate partner attempted to murder his partner, stalking preceded the attack.

Though millions of men and women are stalked every year in the United States – with a frequent co-occurrence of domestic violence -- the crime of stalking is often misunderstood, minimized and/or ignored.

We all have a role to play in identifying stalking and supporting victims and survivors. Learn more about stalking and how you can help stop it!
Types of Stalking
  • Surveillance: Follow, Watch, Wait, Show up, Tracking software, Obtain information about victim, Proxy stalking

  • Life Invasion: Unwanted contact at home, work or other places, Phone calls, Property invasion, Public humiliation, Harass friends/family 

  • Intimidation: Threats, Property damage, Forced confrontations, Threaten or actually harm self, Threats to victim about harming others

  • Interference: Financial and work sabotage, Ruining reputation, Custody interference, Keep from leaving, Road rage, Attack family / friends, Physical / sexual attack 

* Resource: SPARC
January 11 is Human Trafficking Awareness Day
Changes to DV Regulations Posted for Public Comment
The New York State Office of Children and Family Services has posted changes to residential and non-residential domestic violence regulations for public comment. The timeframe for submitting public comments will close on February 17, 2019.

The proposed changes address several issues and challenges advocates have brought to OCFS’ attention in the past, so it is critical for us to provide responses and feedback to the state.

The proposed changes are posted at: https://ocfs.ny.gov/main/legal/Regulatory/pc/

NYSCADV is reviewing the comments carefully and will be submitting comments prior to the February 17 deadline. If you would like more information about OCFS’ proposed changes, please contact Joan Gerhardt, NYSCADV’s Director of Public Policy and Advocacy, at jgerhardt@nyscadv.org .
Budget Advocacy Day Preparation Webinar: January 30, 2019, 10:00 - 11:00 AM
NYSCADV will host an informational webinar, that will review the Governor’s Executive Budget and review basic lobbying tips to help you prepare for your legislative visits on Budget Advocacy Day.

Best Practices for Supporting Coaches in Effective Healthy Relationship Programming, Bath: January 31, 2019
NYSCADV, in partnership with Legal Assistance of Western New York , Inc ., is pleased to present this webinar, which will review best practices for engaging coaches and athletic directors to implementing programming that addresses healthy and unhealthy behaviors of athletes on and off the field.

Budget Advocacy Day: February 5, 2019
For the first time in 30 years, the Legislature will be debating changes to the way funding flows to domestic violence primary purpose providers around the state. NYSCADV’s Budget Advocacy Day presents the perfect opportunity to meet with local legislators and communicate the needs and concerns of domestic violence agencies. As these meetings occur, NYSCADV also will be encouraging fellow advocates, survivors and friends to participate in a virtual advocacy day. 

NYSCADV Annual Membership Meeting 2019: March 25,2019

NYSCADV Legislative Day of Action 2019: May 14, 2019
Registration and additional information to follow.