New York State will be granting $850,000 in state funds to five organizations that exist to assist victims of domestic violence and provide them with the services they need to get to a safer future. These organizations include the Center for Safety and Change in Rockland County, ACCORD in Allegany County, and the Cayuga/Seneca Community Action Agency. The Westchester County Office for Women will be getting funding through the Risk Reduction Enhanced Response program, which is also state funded. Each of these organizations will receive $200,000. In addition, $50,000 of that fund will go to the Arbor Development in Steuben County to assist with providing legal services.

There are a number of different services that the domestic violence organizations will provide to those who have been victimized by their abusers. The contract for these grants will be in effect between October 1, 2017, until September 30, 2019. Many of these organizations will be partnered with local police departments and other resources to make the program as successful as possible. For example, the Westchester County Office for Women will partner with the District Attorney’s Office and Probation Department, five police departments in the county, the Westchester County Family Justice Center, Hope’s Door, and the Pace Women’s Justice Center. The involvement of these organizations working together will create a “community response” and improve the way these cases are handled.

If you are a victim of domestic violence and need assistance obtaining protection from your abuser, please contact an experienced attorney who can help you obtain a restraining order and direct you towards services that can help you find safety.

If you are in need of experienced and dedicated legal counsel, please contact The Penichet Firm today and we will be happy to assist you in all of your family or criminal law matters.