WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. – Westchester County has received a $900,000 federal grant for its Westchester Family Justice Center in White Plains to ensure three years of funding for the program, amounting to $300,000 annually, officials announced.
County Executive Rob Astorino, District Attorney Janet DiFiore and Administrative Judge of the Ninth Judicial District Alan D. Scheinkman were recently joined by advocates for victims of domestic violence from across the county to announce the receipt of the grant, a news release said.
“Prior to 2010 when the Family Justice Center came into being, victims had to figure it out themselves and navigate a complicated, intimidating and piecemeal system,” Astorino said in a statement. “Today, the FJC acts as a hub. Victims need to make just one call or walk through just one door and we will be with them every step along the way. With these funds, we will be able to continue to protect domestic violence victims and victim’s families, prevent future violence and hold offenders accountable.”
The Family Justice Center is at the Westchester County Court complex in White Plains and partners with more than a dozen agencies with safety planning, legal services, immigration issues and counseling, the release said.
Since its inception, the Family Justice Center has served more than 1,500 victims of domestic violence and trained 1,600 health-care providers and police offcers on domestic violence issues. It also offers free child care and a Spanish-speaking staff.