Legal Assistance of Western New York Inc. recently received $600,000 in federal funding through the Legal Assistance for Victims grant program from the U.S. Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women.
LawNY will use this funding to help victims of domestic violence, dating violence and sexual assault. Funds will help LawNY provide legal services to victims and training to staff on legal issues, conduct outreach on available services to students at colleges and universities, and expand the network of partners to expand services available to victims.
“LawNY is incredibly grateful to be receiving continued funding from the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Violence Against Women,” said Amy Christensen, deputy director. “The Legal Assistance for Victims grant has allowed us to develop a group of specially trained lawyers and paralegals who provide a holistic range of civil legal services to survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault on issues including family law, housing, employment, public benefits and health. We work closely with our partner agencies who provide critical support services, and this partnership makes it possible for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault in our rural area to access the civil legal services they need to obtain greater safety and stability.”
The nonprofit group operates in 14 counties: Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Chemung, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Schuyler, Seneca, Steuben, Tioga, Tompkins, Wayne and Yates.
“This federal funding will provide invaluable services to the residents of upstate New York who have been victims of domestic violence and abuse,” said Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-NY. “We must send an unequivocal message that domestic violence and violence against women will not be tolerated.”
“Domestic violence and sexual assault are serious problems, and we need to work toward creating a safe environment for individuals and families,” said U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-NY. “With this critical funding, LawNY and partnering organizations will be able to provide guidance and legal services for victims and their families when they seek help. It is important that we support and encourage domestic violence and sexual assault victims as they seek assistance and justice”
The grant program works to implement certain provisions of the Violence Against Women Act. It is designed to increase the availability of civil and criminal legal assistance programs for adult and youth victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking who are seeking relief in legal matters relating to or arising out of that abuse or violence, at minimal or no cost to the victims. Visit bit.ly/2gCjskx for information.