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Chairman Rolison and Putnam County Executive O’Dell Lead Forum On Domestic Violence
County Government and service providers call for “mutual aid methodology”

Published: 6/6/2014

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Catherine Durland, (845) 486-2103

Domestic Violence is a regional issue not a county issue; therefore, the Hudson Valley Regional Council comprised of leaders representing the seven counties invited experts to share initiatives being conducted in the area of Domestic Violence. The forum was meant to promote dialogue and cooperation between government officials and Domestic Violence service providers in improving the delivery of services to Domestic Violence victims.  By easing geographic and jurisdictional lines to develop an alliance as a benefit to all.

Rob Rolison, Chairman of the Dutchess County Legislature and the Hudson Valley Regional Council, co-hosted the meeting with Putnam County Executive MaryEllen O’Dell at the Putnam County Golf Course in Mahopac.  Speakers included Putnam County District Attorney Adam Levy, Dutchess County Assistant District Attorney Marjorie Smith, Universal Response to Domestic Violence Coordinator Whitney Bonura, ‎and Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office Detective Sergeant Jason Mark. 
District Attorney Levy, who was elected in 2008, has put a strong focus on investigating crimes against women and children. Levy also initiated Domestic Violence awareness training in conjunction with the Putnam/ Northern Westchester Women’s Center on properly training individuals to recognize the signs of abuse and safely refer victims to help. Representatives from Dutchess County, who all serve on the Legislatures’ Citizen’s Advisory Committee on Domestic Violence, shared the Lethality Assessment Program (LAP) that is currently in six of the fifteen police departments throughout the county.  The program is modeled after the Maryland Model that was created by the Maryland Network Against Domestic Violence. LAP provides an easy and effective method for law enforcement and victim service providers to identify victims of domestic violence who are at the highest potential for being seriously injured or killed by their intimate partners and immediately connect them to a domestic violence service provider.

Chairman Rolison stated, “By utilizing the council’s regional perspective to address Domestic Violence, I believe we can all learn from the planning, education, outreach, and advocacy efforts being made and implement them into our procedures.  As a 26 year law enforcement veteran I know all too well the devastation Domestic Violence can have not only to the victim but family members, co-workers and the community as well.  Governments, law enforcement agencies and Domestic Violence service providers can all benefit from this ‘mutual aid’ methodology.” 

The Hudson Valley Regional Council is includes government officials and representatives of the private sector from Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan, Westchester, and Ulster counties.  More information can be found by visiting