Advocating for a Safer Community
Oneida County Implements a Domestic Violence High-Risk Team: Research shows that many domestic violence homicides are predictable; and if they are predictable they are preventable. The Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center developed the Domestic Violence High RIsk Team (DVHRT) model to leverage this predictability. When Gina learned that communities can be trained to set up and execute the DVHRT model--which dramatically decreases domestic violence homicides, she knew she had to take action. After years of advocacy and support from Oneida County Sheriff, Rob Maciol and YWCA Mohawk Valley's CEO, Dianne Stancato, along with a $15,000 grant from Kristin's Fund, Oneida County now has a HRDV team. The team includes the YWCA of Mohawk Valley, Oneida County Sheriff's Department, Oneida County Distict Attorney's Office, Oneida County Probation, Oneida County Deparment of Social Services, Utica Police Department and Rome Police Department.