Domestic Violence

Domestic Violence and the Workplace

"Domestic Violence is when one person does a variety of things to control another person in an intimate relationship. The shift in power can happen very slowly, over a period of time, so that the other person cannot even remember when it happened. Or it can happen very quickly after there is some sort of commitment or some change in the level of intimacy."

New York State Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence


COMPLIANCE MANDATES:

POLICY:  New York State Executive Order # 19, which was adopted in 2007, required that all State Agencies, including SUNY, adopt a Domestic Violence in the Workplace Policy. Each state agency was required to formulate and issue a Domestic Violence in the Workplace Policy by August 1, 2008, all while using the Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence (OPDV) Model Domestic Violence and the Workplace Policy as a guide. Each SUNY Campus is required to review their policy ANNUALLY, and to submit any changes to the the SUNY System Affirmative Action Officer. In addition to annual review, each campus was required to update their Domestic Violence Policy to include new language specified by the OPDV by December 15, 2013. See below for more information on the December 2013 update.

REPORTING:  Each year, SUNY and other state agencies must report Domestic Violence statistics to the New York State Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence (OPDV), This reporting is done by each campus individually, who reports their Domestic Violence statistics to the state system. For more information on this annual reporting, contact SUNY System's Affirmative Action Officer, who communicates this reoprting requirement through the AAO listserv.

Compliance Mandate of July 2013:

Update Domestic Violence and the Workplace Policies by December 15, 2013

The New York State Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence (OPDV), charged with overseeing Domestic Violence and the Workplace issues in New York State, issued a memorandum on July 19, 2013 with instructions - stating that all agencies must update their current Domestic Violence policies to include specific language. All State Agencies, including SUNY, must submit their updated Domestic Violence and the Workplace Policies by December 15, 2013 to the OPDV in order to comply with Executive Order #19.  SUNY now has a Model Domestic Violence and the Workplace Policy template, with the new updated language, for campuses to use. The SUNY 2008 Model template was updated with the new required language by SUNY Compliance Office and the Office of General Counsel. If your campus simply adopted the original SUNY Model Domestic Violence Policy, then you can use the NEW Model Domestic Violence and the Workplace Policy template and edit the template to include your campus information. If your campus DID NOT follow the Model Domestic Violence in the Workplace Policy, you will have to refer to the OPDV memorandum to see what language you will need to include in your current policy.

ACTION REQUIRED BY YOUR CAMPUS:  Your campus must update their Domestic Violence and the Workplace Policy to include the new language by December 15, 2013S, and send their updated Domestic the Workplace Policies, with the updated text highlighted or shown in track changes, directly to the SUNY System Affirmative Action Officer. She is coordinating campus policy updates, and reporting to the OPDV. All updated Domestic Violence and the Workplace Policies, with the updated text highlighted or shown in track changes, should be submitted to Gloria LopezAccording to the OPDV, policies not updated by that time will be considered non-compliant with Executive Order #19.

The July 19th memorandum mandated stated as follows:

Applicable Laws & Regulations

New York State Executive Order #19, Issued by Governor Elliot Spitzer, 2007.

SUNY Resources

Model Domestic Violence and the Workplace Policy template- with changes tracked, to comply with the mandated policy update.

References to Best Practices & Other Supplemental Material


New York State Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence

The Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence (OPDV), created in 1992, is the country’s only executive level state agency dedicated to the issue of domestic violence. It replaced the former Governor’s Commission on Domestic Violence established in 1983. Our mission is to improve New York State’s response to and prevention of domestic violence with the goal of enhancing the safety of all New Yorkers in their intimate and family relationships. OPDV’s primary office is located in Albany, New York, with a satellite office in New York City. OPDV has three primary areas of focus: to advise the governor and legislature on policies and practices for the State; to train NYS professionals from all areas about the intersection of domestic violence in their daily practice; and to serve as a resource regarding the issue of domestic violence by disseminating regular public awareness campaigns, publishing materials for use by non-profits and victims, distributing local assistance funds, and highlighting best practices in the field.

New York State Coalition Against Domestic Violence website

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