Seneca Sheriff message to domestic violence victims
FingerLakes1.com 10/31/12 @ 1:25 pm
As domestic violence awareness month comes to a close in October, Seneca County Sheriff Jack Stenberg wants to remind victims of domestic violence about the SAVIN-NY program. The Statewide Automated Victim Information and Notification system is a free service available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to crime victims who have been granted a Family Court Order of Protection in New York State.
“The alert system’s main function is to protect domestic violence victims when they are at high ri sk – in the hours and days immediately after an order of protection is issued. During that time those who have been handed the orders often become irate and may confront their accusers, a situation that can be dangerous if not deadly,” said Sheriff Stenberg. This system provides domestic violence victims who register with SAVIN-NY the choice to be notified by e-mail, text, iPhone/iPad app, telephone, fax or query, when a law enforcement reports the Order of Protection as being served” said Sheriff Stenberg.
The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office was one of twenty-three Sheriff’s Office’s Statewide to initially implement the SAVIN-NY program. “We are proud to have been one of twenty three Sheriff’s Office in the State to test this system and look forward to someday this important service being expanded to include all Orders of Protection” continued the Sheriff.
“As soon as one of our deputies serves a Family Court Order of Protection that service is immediately entered into the SAVIN-NY database which in turn alerts the victims, provided they have registered with the SAVIN-NY program” said Stenberg.
Anyone interested in registering for the SAVIN-NY program can do so by visiting the Seneca County Sheriff’s Office website at http://sheriff.co.seneca.ny.us and clicking on the SAVIN-NY logo on the main screen. Users will be taken directly to the NY-Alert registration page where you will need a valid e-mail address to register and will also need the name of the Family Court that issued the order, the Docket Number and the Order of Protection Number, all of which can be found at the top of the Order of Protection.