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Onondaga County Sheriffs join pilot program to aid victims of domestic violence

This graphic illustrates the manner in which the new SAVIN-NY system works. The Onondaga County Sheriff's Department is one of 23 counties statewide participating in the program.

This graphic illustrates the manner in which the new SAVIN-NY system works. The Onondaga County Sheriff's Department is one of 23 counties statewide participating in the program.

— The Statewide Automated Victim Information and Notification Network-New York (SAVIN-NY) system allows victims of domestic violence and other crimes to register through NY-ALERT (nyalert.gov) to receive notifications of service 24 hours a day, seven days a week, via text message, e-mail, fax, automated phone call, web query or iAlertz (a free application for the iPhone or iPad). The SAVIN program is funded through a grant from the U.S. Department of Justice, through the Bureau of Justice Administration (BJA).

“One of the most critical times in terms of an individual subject to abuse is when it rises to the level where court action is taking place,” said Sgt. John D’Eredita, public information officer for the Onondaga County Sheriff’s Department. “The notifications allow victims to take the necessary precautions to safeguard themselves knowing that they have this in place.”

According to the New York State Unified Courts System, an order of protection is a document issued by a court to “limit the behavior of someone who harms or threatens to harm another person... [It] may direct the offending person not to injure, threaten or harass you, your family, or any other person(s) listed in the order.” That can include staying away from the person under the order’s protection — the petitioner — as well as that person’s family or home, as well as following certain other directives, such as paying child support, not owning a gun, following a custody order and more. For more on orders of protection, visit nycourts.gov/faq/orderofprotection.shtml.

Once an order of protection is issued by a family court, the SAVIN-NY system can assist victims of domestic violence by providing them with updates as to its status. D’Eredita said it’s particularly important for victims to be aware of the service of the orders, as that can produce volatile behavior in the recipients (also known as respondents).

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