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Grants awarded to combat domestic violence

Two grants, worth a total of $684,569, have been secured for Lifespan of Greater Rochester and the YWCA of Rochester and Monroe County to support efforts to protect women and children from domestic violence.

Lifespan is set to receive $384,560, which will be used to collaborate with Monroe County to provide enhanced training and services to end violence against women and the abuse of women later in life. The funding is from the Department of Justice’s Enhanced Training and Services to End Violence Against and Abuse of Women in Later Life program.

The program’s purpose is to increase and strengthen training for police, prosecutors, and the judiciary in recognizing, investigating, and prosecuting instances of abuse, neglect, exploitation, domestic violence.

The YWCA of Greater Rochester is set to receive $300,000 to support programs that provide transitional housing.

The grants were announced Monday by Sens. Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand.