(WNY News Now) – Congressman Nick Langworthy (NY-23) has announced a significant federal grant of $600,000 from the Department of Justice (DOJ) Office of Violence Against Women to the Jamestown Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA). The grant, part of the DOJ’s Justice for Families Program, will bolster the YWCA’s efforts to support domestic abuse survivors and promote family well-being in the Southern Tier.
Jamestown – In a move aimed at enhancing public health and safety, Congressman Nick Langworthy (NY-23) has secured a substantial federal grant of $600,000 from the Department of Justice (DOJ) Office of Violence Against Women. This grant, awarded as part of the DOJ’s Justice for Families Program, is destined for the Jamestown Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA) to fortify their efforts in promoting family well-being and violence prevention.
Rep. Langworthy applauded the YWCA’s outstanding work, stating, “This grant is a significant investment to promote the well-being of women and families in the Southern Tier and is a testament to the great work of the Jamestown Young Women’s Christian Association.”
Amanda Gesing, the Executive Director of the Jamestown YWCA, expressed gratitude to Congressman Langworthy, emphasizing the grant’s potential impact. “This funding will enable us to expand our vital programs and services, providing a lifeline to survivors and their families in the Southern Tier.”
The Justice for Families Program, established in the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013, aims to enhance the justice system’s response to families impacted by domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, stalking, or child sexual abuse allegations. Its focus is on safeguarding victims and children from further harm and holding offenders accountable.
According to Amanda Gesing, the grant will primarily support domestic abuse survivors. The YWCA offers services such as supervised visitation for family court orders and counseling for offenders, all contributing to de-escalation and support for both victims and offenders. The grant will further the YWCA’s mission to eliminate racism, empower women, and promote peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all.