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Grant goes to end violence against women with disabilities

On the eve of the 21st anniversary of the Violence Against Women Act, Rep. Louise Slaughter, D-NY, announced $425,000 for Willow Domestic Violence Center, formerly known as Alternatives For Battered Women.

The grant will be used for training and services to end violence against women with disabilities. Slaughter was an original author of the Violence Against Women Act in 1994 and has fought hard for subsequent reauthorizations expanding the scope of the law in 2000, 2005 and most recently in 2013.

“As we approach the 21st anniversary of the Violence Against Women Act, I am proud that violence against women has dropped by 67 percent and that survivors are empowered to speak up and seek assistance from organizations like Willow,” said Rep. Slaughter. “I also know that our work is not done and that’s why VAWA’s continued expansions are critical.”

The Disability Grant Program, administered by the Office on Violence Against Women, is to create sustainable change within and between organizations that results in accessible, safe and effective services for individuals with disabilities and deaf and-hard-of-hearing individuals who are victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, intimate partner violence and stalking. The program aims for increased accountability for perpetrators.

Willow Domestic Violence Center will collaborate with local agencies Advocacy Services for Abused Deaf Victims and RESTORE Sexual Assault Services to identify other needs within Monroe County in order to develop plans to address those needs and build a strong foundation for future work.