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Neighborhood Legal Services of Buffalo, working with Haven House and the Bar Association of Erie County's Volunteer Lawyers Project, has been awarded a $497,847 grant through the U.S. Justice Department's Legal Assistance to Victims Grant Program to continue in its work to aid Buffalo-area victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence and stalking, Sen. Charles E. Schumer announced.

Schumer said the grant will support the Neighborhood Legal Services-sponsored effort to provide legal aid and counseling for the victims of such domestic terror situations.

He said that the grant will help Neighborhood Legal Services in supporting four attorneys to provide direct legal services for victims and that Haven House will refer clients to the agency for legal services.

The Bar Association's Volunteer Lawyers Project will provide immigration legal services for clients and training for Family Court staff on the immigration implications of family law proceedings, and Neighborhood Legal Services staff members will conduct workshops for human service providers on the civil legal services and options available for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence and stalking.

"Protecting women from abusers and predators is an enormous priority, and this investment will help keep Buffalo residents safe by improving response to violence and assault, and by supporting victims and prosecuting offenders," Schumer said.