NYS Senator Chris Jacobs (60th SD) marked Domestic Violence Awareness Month by announcing two state grants for service providers that provide assistance to victims and their families across Western New York. Crisis Services and the Family Justice Center will each be the recipient of a $25,000 public protection grant to further their respective missions.
“When people are in a time of crisis, they need to know that they have safe and secure options where they and their families can be protected,” said Senator Jacobs. “I cannot think of a better way to shine a very important light on the lifesaving prevention and treatment services available to victims of domestic violence than by allocating funds to these two wonderful organizations.”
“We are thrilled at the support that Senator Jacobs has shown Crisis Services, specifically the efforts of the Advocate Program, and we are pleased that his funding will support our newest initiative on college campuses locally,” said Jessica Pirro, Crisis Services Chief Executive Officer. “In addition to providing intervention, support and advocacy, since co-locating on campuses we have collaborated with students, faculty and staff to prevent these crimes from happening through the use of evidence informed prevention education strategies.”
“Eradicating domestic violence and breaking the cycle of abuse requires education, enabling survivors to take back control of their lives and holding the offenders accountable,” said Jacobs. “The Family Justice Center and Crisis Services, with support from law enforcement agencies like the Erie County Sheriff’s Department, have proven over the years that they are uniquely positioned to be very effective in these core phases of client support, ” the Senator concluded.
To read the full press release from Senator Jacobs’ office click here.