WXXI AM News

$7.7M to aid domestic violence, sexual assault victims in NY

Dec 28, 2016

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York state is getting $7.7 million from the federal government to assist victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo's administration said Tuesday that the money will go toward counseling and legal help for victims, law enforcement investigations and prosecutions, and training for police and judges.

Cuomo, a Democrat, says the money will ensure that victims get the help and resources they need.

Some 117 existing programs and 11 new initiatives around the state will receive a portion of the funds.

New York state Coalition Against Domestic Violence Executive Director Connie Neal says the money will help her organization provide "critical training and support" for those who work with victims.