After Governor Andrew Cuomo promotes an initiative to assist domestic violence victims, the Warren County Sheriff's office backs him up. YNN's Erin Moran has more.
WARREN COUNTY, N.Y. -- When it comes to domestic violence, Warren County Sheriff Bud York said time is of the essence.
“Certainly when you're dealing with family matters, the timing is always crucial,” said York.
And that's why Warren County Sheriff Bud York and the entire Warren County Sheriff's Office are encouraging domestic violence victims to register with SAVIN-NY, or the Statewide Automated Victim Information and Notification of New York.
“A system like this in any county would be helpful. Anything that's going to make a domestic violence victim feel safer, it's a win-win,” said York.
“Anytime we have an opportunity to be on board with a new program that's going to make victims' services a little bit easier, we're certainly eager to do that,” said Lieutenant Steven Stockdale with the Warren County Sheriff’s office.
The new program is a computer database that provides domestic violence victims who have filed for a protection order through the family courts with alerts via text, email, fax and/or phone.
“We have to be able to make ourselves available to victims in ways that they're currently expecting to be notified of things and the world is computer-based now,” said Stockdale.
Stockdale oversees many of the domestic violence cases and said about 20 percent of the calls the sheriff’s office receives have some sort of a family offense attached.
He said the problem before this alert system was when someone filed for a protection order in court and then left the area to avoid the offender. Police usually give a personal notification when the order has been served, but if the victim already left the area, it can be hard to get in touch with them.
“That was the primary motivation behind getting the electronic notification system in place. And for agencies that are too busy to make the personal notification,” said Stockdale.
The alert system is only available to victims within the family court system. Both Stockdale and York said the hope is to eventually have it available for the criminal court system as well.