LAWS OF NEW YORK, 2002
CHAPTER 280

EXPLANATION—Matter in italics is new; matter in brackets [ ]
is old law to be omitted.

AN ACT to amend the social services law, in relation to training requirements for new hirees and existing employees of a child protective service

Became a law August 6, 2002, with the approval of the Governor.
Passed by a majority vote, three-fifths being present.

The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-
bly, do enact as follows:
Section 1. Subdivision (g) of section 17 of the social services law,
as relettered by chapter 569 of the laws of 1994, is relettered subdivi-
sion (h) and a new subdivision (g) is added to read as follows:
(g) require participation of all employees of a child protective
service in a training course which has been developed by the office for
the prevention of domestic violence in conjunction with the office of
children and family services whose purpose is to develop an understand-
ing of the dynamics of domestic violence and its connection to child
abuse and neglect. Such course shall:
(i) pay special attention to the need to screen for domestic violence;
(ii) place emphasis on the psychological harm experienced by children
whose environment is impacted by familial violence and accordingly
explore avenues to keep such children with the non-abusive parent rather
than placing them in foster care further traumatizing both the victim
and the children;
(iii) provide instruction regarding the scope of legal remedies for
the abused parent;
(iv) identify obstacles that prevent individuals from leaving their
batterers and examine safety options and services available for the
victim;
(v) provide information pertaining to the unique barriers facing
certain immigrant women and the options available under the federal
Violence Against Women Act;
(vi) analyze procedures available to sanction and educate the abusing
partner; and
(vii) emphasize the need for the system to hold the abusing partner
responsible by appropriate referrals to law enforcement.
§ 2. This act shall take effect on the one hundred twentieth day after
it shall have become a law, provided, however, that effective immediate-
ly, the addition, amendment and/or repeal of any rules or regulations
necessary for the implementation of the foregoing section of this act on
its effective date is authorized and directed to be made and completed
on or before such effective date.
The Legislature of the STATE OF NEW YORK ss:
Pursuant to the authority vested in us by section 70-b of the Public
Officers Law, we hereby jointly certify that this slip copy of this
session law was printed under our direction and, in accordance with such
section, is entitled to be read into evidence.

JOSEPH L. BRUNO
Temporary President of the Senate

SHELDON SILVER
Speaker of the Assembly