FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 1, 2005

Schumer Announces Over $375,000 For Monroe County To Prevent Violence Against Children

Federal Funds Awarded as Part of Safe Start Program

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced that $376,875 has been awarded to the Monroe County Health Department by the U.S. Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. The federal funds will be used to reduce violence against children at home and in their communities.

“Our kids should be able to feel safe at home and in their communities, so it is critical that we prevent crimes against children," Schumer said. “Monroe County has a successful program that integrates prevention and services for high risk and effected children, and I am proud to announce new funding for this program. Communities rely on police and health organizations to help shield our children from violence and provide them with treatment, and support for programs like this is essential.”

The Safe Start: Promising Approaches for Children Exposed to Violence Program is a part of a national initiative to prevent and reduce the impact of family and community violence on young children, primarily from birth to six years of age. It creates a comprehensive service delivery system by helping communities to expand existing partnerships among service providers in the fields of early childhood education and development, health, mental health, family support and strengthening, domestic violence, substance abuse prevention and treatment, crisis intervention, child welfare, law enforcement, courts, and legal services. This should improve access to, delivery of, and quality of services for young children at high risk of exposure to violence or who have been exposed to violence, along with their families, and their caregivers, at any point of entry into the system.

Throughout the U.S., millions of children are exposed to violence every day and children who do not receive adequate treatment will suffer harmful psychological aftereffects. Safe Start and the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention work tirelessly to address this violence and give law enforcement agencies the tools they need to ensure that children who suffer abuse are protected and those who harm children are brought to justice. This is a movement towards a coordinated system response to more effectively address child abuse.

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