State funds will help domestic violence victims pay legal bills

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A group of six Rochester-area programs will receive a portion of millions in grants to help victims of domestic violence.

The state Office of Victim Services, in association with Planned Parenthood’s “RESTORE” program, announced $16 million a year for the next five years.

The money will be used to help victims with civil legal matters, such as matrimonial, custody, immigration and financial issues.

“I know and I have seen first hand that victims who have legal council do better,” said Elizabeth Cronin, director of the state Office of Victim Services. “They have attorneys who understand the particular systems, they can help them negotiate whether it’s housing court. If they lose their job because they were calling in sick because of domestic violence. If they have a financial abuse that they’ve suffered from.”

Domestic violence victims can go to or call any of the victim advocacy organizations funded by the state Office of Victim Services to receive help.

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