continued “As you can imagine, this is a sensitive time stage,” D’Eredita said. “You never know the reaction of the individual who’s being served with the order. In this kind of situation, when they’re served, it very well can turn into another abusive event.”
Now that victims have constant updates, they can be prepared and keep themselves safe.
“This service closes that window of uncertainty for the victim,” D’Eredita said. “Prior to this, they never really knew when service was taking place. But this service gives them 24 hour access to information. It allows them to have some course of action they can take to protect themselves, including calling police knowing order is in place.”
Individuals can register to receive SAVIN-NY alerts by visiting nyalert.gov, and clicking on the “Orders of Protection” box on the left menu. Additional information and frequently asked questions can be found at savin-ny.org.
In order to register, you need to have:
A valid email address
The name of the family court that issued the order
The docket number
The order of protection number
All these can be found on the top of the order of protection.
The program will eventually be expanded to include orders of protection issued in connection with criminal cases.
In addition to Onondaga County, the SAVIN-NY program is active in the following 22 counties: Albany, Broome, Cattaraugus, Cayuga, Livingston, Monroe, Nassau, Orange, Ontario, Otsego, Niagara, Rockland, Seneca, Schenectady, St. Lawrence, Steuben, Suffolk, Tioga, Washington, Wayne, Westchester and Yates. The lead agency is the New York State Sheriffs’ Institute, working in partnership with NY-Alert, part of the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services; NYS Association of Chiefs of Police; NYS Police’s eJusticeNY Integrated Justice Portal; Westchester County Office for Women; NYS Office for Victim Services; NYS Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence; NYS Unified Court System; and NYS Coalition Against Domestic Violence.
For additional information on SAVIN, visit savin-ny.com or savinonline.org