December 7, 2017




Lieutenant governor, in Dutchess, announces grants to aid victims of sexual assault

Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul with Family Services Director Brian Doyle

POUGHKEEPSIE – Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul was in Poughkeepsie Thursday announcing a new $6.5 million state grant program to assist agencies that provide services to victims of sexual assault in communities and on college campuses.

The one-year grant program is funded by three state agencies; Office of Victim Services, Division of Criminal Justice Services and the State Department of Health.

The announcement of the grant was made in the lobby of the Family Partnership Center run by Family Services Inc. which is one of seven agencies in the Mid-Hudson receiving funding. Family Services is slated to receive $106,400 while Ulster County Probation is receiving $72,506 and the Mental Health Association of Orange County is getting $110,300.

There are 55 approved agencies that provide anti-sexual assault crisis and prevention programs. The program providers consist of hospitals, non-profit organizations and governmental agencies throughout New York.

Office of Victim Services Director Elizabeth Cronin stressed the need for programs that support victims of sexual assault. "These programs serve as pillars of support for rape and sexual assault victims as they embark on their road to recovery. By providing additional resources to these state-approved programs our hope is that they will be able to help even more victims as they recover from their ordeal."

Hochul has been a staunch advocate for both victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. According to the It. Governor "2017 has seen a seismic societal shift in how women are treated."



Copyright © 2017 Mid-Hudson News Network, a division of Statewide News Network, Inc.
This story may not be reproduced in any form, by any media, without express written consent.
This includes rewriting, broadcasting and/or printing of material from,
by websites, radio and television stations, newspapers or other media



HEAR today's news on, the Hudson Valley's only Internet radio news report.