FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 14, 2012
SCHUMER ANNOUNCES $900K DEPT. OF JUSTICE INVESTMENT FOR ERIE COUNTY; INVESTMENT WILL IMPROVE RESPONSE TO DOMESTIC CRIME
DOJ Funding Through the Schumer-Sponsored Violence Against Women Act Will Support Erie County Work to Protect Victims of Domestic Violence, Stalking, Abuse
Schumer: By Supporting Erie County and Local Prosecutors, We Can Respond Quickly to Violence and Help Keep Women Safe from Predators and Abusers
Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer announced that Erie County will receive a grant totaling $900,000 from the Department of Justice “Grants to Encourage Arrest Policies and Enforcement of Protection Orders” Program. Erie County will collaborate with its non-profit, non-governmental victim services partners Haven House and Hispanics United of Buffalo to implement the Buffalo and Erie County Stopping Abuse in the Family Environment (BE-SAFE Project). This project will train police agencies to conduct risk- and danger-assessments and provide specialized training to police officers on recognizing, investigating and prosecuting instances where the victim is from a traditionally underserved population. This investment in the BE-SAFE Project will also help provide advocacy and support for domestic violence victims from refugee and immigrant communities, support a bilingual advocate to provide outreach, case management, counseling and court advocacy services for victims, and support a probation officer to be assigned exclusively to the domestic violence unit.
“Protecting women from abusers and predators is an enormous priority, and this investment will help keep Erie County residents safe by improving response to violence and assault and help protect victims and prosecute offenders” said Schumer. “I am pleased such an important federal investment is being made in Erie County and that our law enforcement officials and prosecutors will have access to the support they need to help keep women safe.”
The Grants to Encourage Arrest Policies and Enforcement of Protection Orders Program (Arrest Program) implements certain provisions of the Violence Against Women Act, of which Schumer was an original sponsor. Senator Schumer has been a constant advocate for this program and the work to enhance victim safety and offender accountability in cases of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking by encouraging jurisdictions to implement pro-arrest policies as an effective intervention that is part of a coordinated community response. An integral component of the Arrest Program is the creation and enhancement of collaborative partnerships between criminal justice agencies, victim services providers, and community organizations which respond to sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking.