$900,000 grant issued to combat domestic violence

Erie County continues battle against domestic violence

Mike Baggerman
October 10, 2018 - 2:46 pm

John Flynn, Mark Poloncarz, and Brian Higgins announce $900,000 federal grant to combat domestic violence. October 10, 2018 (WBEN Photo/Mike Baggerman)


BUFFALO, N.Y. (WBEN) - Erie County received a $900,000 grant from the federal government to battle domestic violence.

The funding in particular will go towards the expansion of the county's Domestic Violence High-Risk Team and the BE SAFE program. 

BE SAFE (Buffalo and Erie County Stopping Abuse in the Family Environment) is a collaborative effort from various agencies to reduce and respond to domestic violence in Erie County.

The funding will go towards funding an attorney and criminal investigator in the DA's office. It will enlist the Buffalo Police Department to participate in the High-Risk Team, continue to fund a coordinator at Haven House, a probation officer to maintain a specific caseload of domestic-violence offenders, create a high-risk team advocate position at the International Institute of Buffalo, and for continued training on domestic violence incidents.

"Everyone throughout the state and country knows that domestic violence is a serious problem," District Attorney John Flynn said. "We have a number of grants in our office that pay for certain positions. I take domestic violence very seriously. It's a priority of mine. I want to make sure I have enough prosecutors and investigators in my office to combat the problem."


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