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Federal funds going to NY domestic violence, rape crisis services

Mar 23, 2022 12:30 am

Capital Tonight reports that Gov. Kathy Hochul recently announced that New York is distributing nearly $24 million in federal funding to domestic violence programs and shelters, sexual assault programs, and rape crisis centers statewide. According to Leah Feldman, chief program officer at Family Services in Dutchess County, the grant will help domestic violence and rape crisis programs expand on-site COVID-19 testing and vaccinations, offset fiscal challenges caused by the pandemic, help reach underserved communities, and support the recent increase in survivors seeking help. The funding comes via the Family Violence Prevention Services Act in the federal American Rescue Plan. Feldman calls the funding a critical relief to programs that have been underfunded since the pandemic. “In the early days of the lockdown, we noted a decrease in reported domestic violence incidents. Not that we don’t believe it was happening, but there was far less access to support or the ability to report,” Feldman said. “If anything, what we did see was an increase in the severity and complexities of reported cases of domestic violence.” Feldman said this trend was due to a number of reasons, including stay-at-home orders and isolation. Read the full story at nystateofpolitics [dot] com.