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Willow Domestic Violence Center receives $450,000 grant from DOJ

Willow Domestic Violence Center of Greater Rochester has received a $450,000 grant from the Department of Justice’s Office on Violence Against Women Underserved Program.

The grant is earmarked to help Deaf, Deaf-Blind and hard of hearing survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking in Monroe County. Deaf Ignite, a Deaf victim services program housed within Willow, provides advocacy, counseling, community education and referrals.

The DOJ also provided a $325,000 grant to Community Services for Every1 and the Family Justice Center of Erie County.

“These grants, awarded to agencies in the Western District of New York, will ensure that survivors of serious crimes from underserved communities, including survivors with disabilities, have access to vitally important support services, including counseling, advocacy and education,” U.S. Attorney Trini Ross said in a news release.

The Office on Violence Against Women has awarded nearly $31 million to programs across the country to improve outreach, services and support.

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