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Erie County to address long-term effects of family violence

Additional funding for Erie County’s domestic violence initiative will target the ongoing advocate program that provides counseling for victims who suffer emotional and physical abuse, announced Acting District Attorney Michael J. Flaherty.

Advocates help those who experience family violence to navigate the legal system, explaining each step of the prosecution. They are also on call for victims of violent felonies treated at Erie County Medical Center. The grant will be used to address the long-term effects of family violence that hinder the victims’ access to housing, employment, transportation and child care.

The monies were obtained through the New York State Office of Children and Family Services and Violence Prevention Services Act.