New Federal Grant of Nearly $1 Mil to Help Protect Battered Women in the Bronx

Posted on: Thursday, October 20, 2011

Keywords: Safe Horizon, domestic violence, Maureen Curtis, advocacy, Bronx violence victims, New York Daily News, domestic violence aid

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Bronx gets $1M grant to protect women, aid borough's violence victims

Kevin Deutsch
New York Daily News

Thursday, October 20th 2011 (BRONX, NY) - Bronx officials Wednesday announced a new federal grant of nearly $1 million to help protect battered women in the borough, prosecute offenders and track them as their cases move forward.

The Justice Department grant will be used to bolster enforcement, beef up victim protection, increase community outreach and create a range of new services, officials said.

Some of the funding will replace or supplement domestic violence officers in the 46th and 52nd Precincts, the precincts with the most reported incidents of domestic violence, they said.

"This is a monumental day," said Maureen Curtis, director of the Safe Horizon Domestic Violence Police Program, which will also receive funding. "I can't say enough about how much this money means to us."

The Bronx District Attorney's Office, which handles 20% of the city's domestic violence complaints, may reap the biggest benefit from the grant.

District Attorney Robert Johnson said he will use the money to lighten case loads for his domestic violence prosecutors, allowing the same lawyers to stay on a case until it's resolved.

"This is a priority for this office," Johnson said of the cases. "It affects all of us."

Johnson said he also expects the new resources to help protect women who already have orders of protection against abusers but remain in danger.

Meanwhile, the Probation Department will use the funding to assign officers specifically to convicted domestic violence offenders - and design safety plans for their victims.

Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr., who helped secure the funding, will use his slice to help put more domestic violence officers in the overwhelmed precincts. His staff will also increase community outreach and services for battered women.

"Domestic violence is not someone else's business," Diaz said. "It's the community's business."

The funding comes in conjunction with New York State Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence's "Shine the Light on Domestic Violence" campaign, which takes place every October during Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

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