Mary M. Walsh is the coordinator of the NYS Domestic Violence Fatality Review Team, which is administered by the NYS Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence (OPDV), the only executive-level state agency in the country dedicated solely to the issue of domestic violence. OPDV, where Mary has worked for over 20 years, is charged with advising the Governor and Legislature on domestic violence policies and practice, training professionals about the intersection of domestic violence with their daily practice, and serving as a resource regarding the issue of domestic violence by disseminating regular public awareness campaigns, publishing materials for use by non-profits and victims, and highlighting best practices.
The NYS Domestic Violence Fatality Review Team, which Mary has coordinated since its inception in 2012, is a team of state and local representatives that reviews deaths and neardeaths related to domestic violence with the goal of identifying trends and patterns in domestic homicides, educating the public and policy makers about domestic violence fatalities, and making recommendations to improve the overall response to domestic violence in New York State.
Prior to joining OPDV, Mary was the coordinator for a Universal Response to Domestic Violence in Dutchess County, NY, where she facilitated the local community coordination efforts. Mary holds a Bachelor of Science in Social Work from Marist College and a Master of Social Work degree from Fordham University.