2008 Expanded Access Project
In 2008, New York State expanded access to Family Court for victims of domestic violence by broadening the definition of who could petition the court for an order of protection, to include individuals who are or have been in an intimate relationship. In recognition of the anticipated increased demand on law enforcement resources, the legislation included a mandate that OPDV, in conjunction with the Division of Criminal Justice Services, submit a report on the effects the new law has had on police practices.
Information included in the Report to the Governor and Legislature1 was obtained from the New York City Police Department, chiefs of police and sheriffs statewide, as well as service providers. To learn more, visit OPDV's Expanded Access Project webpage.