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Rolison and Hudson Valley Regional Council to Address Domestic Violence

Newburgh... Rob Rolison, Chairman of the Dutchess County Legislature and new Chairman of the Hudson Valley Regional Council, hosted a meeting in Newburgh today with Domestic Violence providers from around the region to discuss a regional approach to the issue. Rolison, a 26-year veteran in law enforcement, has been a county legislator representing the Poughkeepsie area since 2003 formerly serving as Chairman of the Family and Human Services and Public Safety Committees.   At his suggestion, the Hudson Valley Regional Council (HVRC) will begin dialogue between local government officials and the DV providers in the 7 county region.

Also present at the first meeting were Ann Ellsworth, Executive Director of the Putnam/Northern Westchester Woman’s Resource Center; Kellyann Kostyal-Larrier, Executive Director of Safe Homes of Orange County; Sarah Dittmar, Sullivan County RISE and Judy Lombardi, Director of Outreach and Support Services of Grace Smith House, Dutchess County who also serves as the regional representative for the Mid-Hudson Coalition against Domestic Violence. The providers discussed the successes in various Domestic Violence programs and the need for education and outreach to various segments of the population. The providers felt that local area governments in the region had a vested interest in getting the word out about these services; they also discussed meetings with employers and educators. Too often the victims are not accessing the services due to the lack of knowledge about the various programs available.

Rolison also spoke of sharing services and likened it to the “mutual aid” methodology that is used in other areas of public safety.  By utilizing the council’s regional perspective to address domestic violence, those involved in planning, education, outreach, and advocacy can share their best practices approach to the issue.

Regional council representatives and DV providers will be asked to discuss the issue further as part of a round-table at the next Hudson Valley Regional Council Board of Directors Meeting in June. For additional information, please contact Patricia Pomeroy, Executive Director, Hudson Valley Regional Council 845-564-4075 or ppomeroy@hudsonvalleyrc.org.