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October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month

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Sheriff and County Legislators Bring Awareness of Technologies to Aid Crime Victims

SMITHTOWN, NY-- Suffolk County Sheriff Vincent F. DeMarco, members of the Suffolk County Legislature and advocates for victims of domestic violence held a press conference on Thursday, October 2nd at the William H. Rogers Legislature Building in Smithtown to educate the public about the VINE and SAVIN-NY programs.  Both initiatives serve to help protect victims of domestic violence, as well individuals affected by other victims.

The Statewide Automated Victim Information and Notification, or “SAVIN-NY,” permits victims to register to be notified by phone, text message or e-mail when a Family Court Order of Protection has been served on their perpetrator.

The Victim Information and Notification Everyday system, or “VINE,” allows crime victims to register by phone or online to be notified when an offender is released from jail or prison.  VINE is available nationwide and may also be accessed through a downloadable app for iPhone or Android phones.

Both services are offered completely free of charge and are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. More information and links to the applications are available on the Sheriff’s Office website at www.SuffolkSheriff.com.

“Victims of domestic violence and other crimes often live in fear that someone who victimized them may one day return to do so again. VINE and SAVIN-NY can provide peace of mind by giving people timely information at critical moments,” stated Sheriff DeMarco.  

Sheriff DeMarco also offered praise to members of the Suffolk County Legislature for helping to raise awareness of VINE and SAVIN-NY. Legislators Kate Browning, Kara Hahn, Robert Calarco, William Spencer and Robert Trotta all spoke at the event, which followed Thursday’s Public Safety Committee meeting at the Legislature. 

Laura Ahearn, Executive Director of the Crime Victim’s Center at Parents for Megan’s Law, commended Sheriff DeMarco for linking crime victims to critical technology which can save lives. She stated, “VINE and SAVIN are examples of how technological advancements in communications can help protect domestic and other violent crime victims and empower those who often feel powerless after a crime occurs.”

Sheriff DeMarco joined by Deputy Sheriffs, Legislators and Domestic Violence Advocates, speaks about the VINE and SAVIN-NY programs 

 

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