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Niagara County was among 23 counties that piloted the SAVIN-NY program, a technology to keep victims of domestic violence and other crimes safe.

The Statewide Automated Victim Information and Notification Network-New York system allows victims of domestic violence and other crimes to register through NY-ALERT and receive notifications of service 24 hours a day, seven days a week, via text message, email, fax, automated phone call, Web query or iAlertz, a free application for the iPhone or iPad.

The free system will notify registered victims whenever orders of protection issued by family courts outside New York City are served. The program will eventually be expanded to include orders of protection issued in connection with criminal cases. Individuals can register to receive alerts by visiting www.nyalert.gov, and clicking on the “Orders of Protection” box on the left menu. Additional information and frequently asked questions can be found at www.savin-ny.org.