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Ortt delivers $30,000 for victims of domestic violence

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Mon, Aug 14th 2017 10:50 am
Pictured at the YWCA of the Niagara Frontier's Lockport location, from left: Family & Children's Service of Niagara Director of Domestic Violence Services Larissa Bachman, Family & Children's Service of Niagara President and CEO Ken Sass, New York State Sen. Rob Ortt and YWCA of the Niagara Frontier CEO Kathleen Granchelli. Click to enlarge.
Pictured at the YWCA of the Niagara Frontier's Lockport location, from left: Family & Children's Service of Niagara Director of Domestic Violence Services Larissa Bachman, Family & Children's Service of Niagara President and CEO Ken Sass, New York State Sen. Rob Ortt and YWCA of the Niagara Frontier CEO Kathleen Granchelli. Click to enlarge.
As part of this year's state budget, New York State Sen. Rob Ortt secured a total of $30,000 to help victims of domestic violence and sexual assault in Niagara County.
Ortt ceremonially presented checks to two nonprofits: Family & Children's Service of Niagara and the YWCA of the Niagara Frontier.
"Domestic violence and sexual assault impact every demographic. It can happen to anyone of any age, gender or race, and often leaves the victim with mental, physical and emotional scars," Ortt said. "It's vital that we have wrap-around services available to make sure victims have the help they need. Ultimately, this funding will further community outreach, help to protect our vulnerable citizens, and help to put an end to violence in the home and community."
The YWCA of the Niagara Frontier received $20,000 to support domestic violence counseling and crisis services for victims seeking help at the North Tonawanda location. A portion of the funding will go toward research to examine best practices for domestic violence victims and implement a new model across Niagara County.
On average, the YWCA houses about 150 domestic violence victims annually, and services an estimated 1,000 non-residential domestic violence victims in one year.
Family & Children's Service of Niagara was presented with $10,000. The money will go toward its Passage House Shelter, a 15-bed emergency shelter in Niagara Falls for domestic violence victims and their children.
According to Family & Children's, the amount of victims throughout the county in need of help has increased over the past year. Last year, the nonprofit hit the highest number of occupancy than any other year in its 27-year history. The funding secured by Ortt will support expenses related to the influx of individuals, including counseling services for survivors and their children, enhancing child enrichment programming, and around-the-clock staff coverage.
Over the past two years, Ortt has secured $69,000 for the YWCA. An additional $10,000 was secured last year for Family & Children's Service of Niagara.

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