The Brooklyn District Attorney’s office will get $900,000 to beef up its program aimed at supporting domestically abused immigrant women.
The Department of Justice’s Office on Violence Against Women awarded the grant to the borough in order to help Brooklyn better assist domestically abused women who face language and cultural barriers.
“This grant will help my office continue to break down the linguistic and cultural barriers that isolate domestic violence victims and protect their batterers,” Brooklyn District Attorney Charles J. Hynes said in a release. “I would like to thank [Sen. Chuck Schumer] for his work in securing this important funding.”
With the grant, the district attorney’s office, along with partner community organizations, plans to hire bilingual aids and advocates who will be able to provide information, advice, counseling, and other support 24 hours a day. The funding will also allow that DA’s office to assign an attorney to handle dual domestic abuse cases and a special investigator to look into stalking and strangulation cases.
The grant is a continuation of previous funding allocated for this initiative. A spokesman from the Brooklyn DA’s office tells the Voice that the funding will allow the agency to continue to expand its aid to abused immigrant women, many of whom are unaware that such legal and support services are available to them.
“As we prepare to mark Domestic Violence Month in October, this $900,000 grant from the Department of Justice will go a long way in helping to prevent domestic violence in Brooklyn,” Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz said in a release. “In particular, this grant will target the needs of our borough’s Caribbean, Latino, Asian, and Russian-speaking residents.”