Federal funding announced to assist survivors of domestic violence
Congressman Brian Higgins joined Community Services for Every1 and the Family Justice Center to announce two federal grants from the Department of Justice totaling $875,000 earlier this month.
The first grant, totaling $550,000, provides resources for transitional housing and support services for individuals escaping domestic violence. The second grant, in the amount of $325,000, supports WNY’s first ever domestic violence program designed to help survivors with a disability.
The Transitional Housing Grant will provide housing and services for survivors of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking. Grant funds for our Victim Assistance Program will focus on providing person-centered services assisting each individual’s needs on a case by case basis. Supports will include rent and utility assistance, case management, safety planning, childcare, counseling, support groups, legal assistance and more.
Our Victim Assistance Program is the first of its kind in WNY to specialize in providing services to people with an intellectual or developmental disability who are survivors of domestic violence. People with a disability are three times more likely to experience domestic violence or abuse in their lifetime than someone who does not have a disability.
Community Services and the Family Justice Center discovered that the region was lacking in the appropriate resources to help survivors with a disability, so they formed the collaboration known as HOPE of WNY. With the help of these two grants, HOPE of WNY will be able to assist even more survivors in getting the help they need.
For individuals who may have been victims of domestic violence, Community Services and the Family Justice Center can provide assistance by contacting 716-558-SAFE.