Modified: April 12, 2016 12:20pm
Acting District Attorney Michael J. Flaherty, Jr., announced today that his office will continue to be a leading resource for victims of domestic violence and their children after receiving funding for another year through the New York State Office of Children and Family Services and the Federally Funded Violence Prevention Services Act.
Monies from this grant allow for an advocate to work toward improving the safety and emotional well-being of adults and children who have suffered domestic violence, by providing empowerment counseling, both in-person and over the phone, to address the consequences of abuse on emotional well-being.
The announcement comes as advocates all over the country mark National Crime Victims’ Rights Week from April 10th-16th.
“Our office is committed to helping victims 365 days a year,” says DA Flaherty. “But we are recognizing this important week to help bring about awareness of the services available and we thank Acting Commissioner Sheila Poole for helping us serve the victims of domestic violence.”
The grant will also be used to address complex long-term issues experienced by victims of domestic violence and trauma, such as housing, employment, transportation, child care and criminal justice/legal services. These services keep the victim an active participant and decrease the chances of re-traumatization, which in turn will result in the victim’s long-term safety and improved well-being and emotional health.
The Erie County District Attorney’s Office is also a leading provider of support to all crime victims and witnesses to help them navigate the legal system. Advocates can help explain what will happen at each step of the prosecution and help you deal with the feelings you may experience as a result of testifying about your case. They are also on call for crime victims of violent felonies who arrive at ECMC.
All of the victims’ services are free and confidential. For more information, call the Domestic Violence Hotline at (716) 858-4630 or the Victim/Witness Bureau at (716) 858-4640.