WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. – More than $3 million in federal grants will go to local organizations to assist victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and dating violence.
Grant recipients include My Sisters’ Place, Westchester Hispanic Coalition of White Plains, Westchester County, the city of White Plains and the village of Spring Valley.
The grants are provided by the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Violence Against Women, Office for Victims of Crime and the National Institute of Justice. “There is no excuse for domestic violence, and we must work together to ensure women and children know that resources are available so that they may live safely without fear of violence,” said U.S. Rep. Nita M. Lowey, D-Westchester/Rockland, ranking member on the House Appropriations Committee.
“These federal grants help us mark the beginning of Domestic Violence Awareness Month with a strong statement against domestic violence in our communities. As ranking member of the House Appropriations Committee, I helped to increase funding for the Office of Violence Against Women grants, and I will continue to secure funding for critical programs that help eradicate the scourge of abuse and assist victims.” My Sisters’ Place received a $500,000 OVAW legal assistance grant to provide representation to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence and stalking in Westchester County. The organization also received a $499,509 OVC grant to assist victims of human trafficking. The Westchester Hispanic Coalition received $500,000 from OVAW to provide legal assistance for victims of domestic violence. Westchester County received a $400,000 OVAW grant to collaborate with the Greenburgh Police Department, Westchester County District Attorney's Office, Victims Assistance Services of WestCOP, Pace Women's Justice Center and the Weinberg Center for Elder Abuse Services & Prevention. Westchester County also recently received a $312,865 NIJ grant to conduct DNA analysis in an effort to reduce the DNA backlog. The city of White Plains received a $295,700 OVAW grant to enhance victim safety and offender accountability in cases of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking by encouraging jurisdictions to implement pro-arrest policies as an efficient intervention.
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