Catholic Charities of Herkimer County is set to receive a $15,000 state grant to support the organization’s domestic violence prevention efforts, state Sen. James Seward announced Wednesday.
The Domestic Violence Program of Herkimer County handles more than 500 cases per year. The services provided help people in dire need who usually have nowhere else to turn.
Seward toured Catholic Charities of Herkimer County on Wednesday, where he announced the $15,000 grant that will help cover staff salaries so that services can continue to be provided to domestic violence victims in Herkimer County. Officials with the organization say that domestic violence is a form of abuse that knows no boundaries.
“Essentially what domestic violence is about, power and control,” said Jackie Ward, director of Catholic Charities’ Domestic Violence Program. “And when the person who is being abusive wants to maintain that control, bank accounts can be kept hidden, secret, financial information is not provided, even income is sometimes not known to the other partner in the relationship.”
If you believe that you are a victim of domestic violence, you can contact Catholic Charities of Herkimer County’s Domestic Violence Hotline at 315-866-0458, or call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE.