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  • Domestic violence program to receive $10,000 grant

  • The Catholic Charities of Herkimer County Domestic Violence Program will receive $10,000 from a grant secured by state Sen. James Seward.

    Seward announced on Thursday the county’s program is one of six programs that will receive these direct, unrestricted grants through the state Senate.

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  • The Catholic Charities of Herkimer County Domestic Violence Program will receive $10,000 from a grant secured by state Sen. James Seward.
    Seward announced on Thursday the county’s program is one of six programs that will receive these direct, unrestricted grants through the state Senate.
    He said community programs like these are “vital.”
    “The U.S. Surgeon General has identified domestic violence as the number one health problem affecting American women,” said Seward, R,C,I - Oneonta, in a news release. “Providing help to vulnerable individuals, who often have nowhere else to turn, is essential.”
    The funding was set aside in the 2012 - 2013 state budget.
    Terry Leonard, executive director of the Catholic Charities chapter, said they applied for the grant once learning this funding was available.
    “It’s very gratefully accepted,” he said during a telephone interview on Friday. “What it will mean is that it will allow us to expand the work with domestic violence victims in Herkimer County.”
    Leonard said specifically it will fund advocate positions and allow for more hours for advocates to work with victims.
    “Domestic violence issues have been raging lately. There’s just such a critical need,” he said.
    The domestic violence program also receives funding from the state Office of Children and Family Services, state Office of Victim Services and the county.
    “It’s a team effort to keep the program going in the county,” said Leonard.
    Seward earlier this year also supported legislation to strengthen New York’s laws, which his office said provides new protections to victims and tougher penalties to those who commit domestic violence.
    “This comprehensive legislation targeting domestic violence is a major development — it creates harsh penalties suitable for abusers and provides law enforcement and prosecutors with the tools they need to put dangerous criminals behind bars,” he said in a news release.
    The legislation was a result of a three-way agreement among the Senate, governor and Assembly. The bill passed the Senate and Assembly and will be sent to the governor for final approval.
    Other programs receiving $10,000 through these grants are the YWCA of Cortland, Opportunities for Otsego and Catholic Charities of Schoharie County. Programs receiving $5,000 through these moneys are Chenango County Catholic Charities and the Advocacy Center of Tompkins County.
    According to its website, the local domestic violence program “offers crisis and supportive services to victims of domestic violence and their children. Services include safe, temporary shelter for battered women and children; supportive counseling; support; accompaniment and advocacy through legal, medical, housing and social services systems.” They also provide support group activities, information and referral. Community education and professional training programs are also offered.
    The program’s 24-hour hotline is 866-0458.
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