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Family and Children's Service of Niagara has received a $7,500 domestic-violence grant.

The money came from the Doors of Hope program, funded by Philip Morris Cos. and the National Network to End Domestic Violence. The local agency will use it to assist the Family Court Advocacy and Minority Outreach programs.

Family Court Advocacy workers assist domestic-violence victims in obtaining arrest warrants for batterers, arranging to have injuries such as cuts and bruises photographed as evidence and securing court orders of protection. The advocate may also accompany the victim to court proceedings in the case.

Minority Outreach tries to educate members of minority communities on the causes and effects of domestic violence, as well as connecting them with support services.

Family and Children's Service has a confidential 24-hour domestic violence hot line: 285-6984.

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