Safe Homes, Legal Services to share over $80,000 in state money to combat domestic violence

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Metzger, right, in Middletown with agency and local officials

MIDDLETOWN – In the month of January, two Middletown men killed their wives before taking their own lives and in just the past weeks, a Poughkeepsie man killed his wife and then took his own life in Bear Mountain.

Safe Homes of Orange County and Legal Services of the Hudson Valley are working day in and day out to prevent other tragedies from occurring.

To assist in their work, State Senator Jennifer Metzger secured $60,000 for Safe Homes and $24,000 for Legal Services.

She made the announcement at Middletown City Hall on Tuesday.

“There are predictive indicators for tragic domestic violence homicides like Amanda’s and Jasmine’s and given the proper resources potential violence can be prevented,” Metzger said.

Since 2004, 29 women were killed in Orange County by their domestic partners.

Safe Homes has embedded a full-time domestic violence advocate within the Middletown and Newburgh police departments and a part-time advocate in the City of Port Jervis.