New grant slated to aid Arizona victims of domestic violence

Arizona is scheduled to receive a sizable federal grant that is aimed at reducing domestic violence throughout state. Earlier this month, the mayor of Youngtown, Arizona, announced that the United States Department of Justice has awarded a grant to the Maricopa Association of Governments.

The $108,000 grant is slated to be administered through MAG's office for children, use and families. The Youngtown, Arizona, mayor, who is also the chairman of MAG's Regional Council, says that the money will go to aid prosecutors and victims' advocates located throughout 29 agencies. The chairman says the funding will increase the responsiveness of the overall criminal justice system with regards to issues of domestic violence.

The chairman says that dozens of organizations that currently fight against domestic violence badly needed the funds. It is estimated that the federal dollars will continue to support anti-domestic violence efforts throughout the rest of the year.

Domestic violence has many faces. Typically, when we think of domestic violence, there is a tendency to imagine a battered spouse with bruises and black eyes. Although the battery of a spouse is clearly an act of violence, it is also important know that stalking or threatening a family member with a weapon are also forms of domestic violence.

Victims who are currently experiencing emotional abuse, online stalking or some other manner of intentional emotional distress do not have to suffer quietly. Currently, Arizona laws allow victims of domestic violence to seek support through courts and other agencies. There are even legal ways in which victims can end their marriages to abusive spouses and relocate with their children.

Arizona permits victims of domestic violence to retain legal counsel to assist them in obtaining orders of protection and pursuing out-of-state relocations.

Source: KTAR news, "Arizona agencies will benefit from anti-domestic violence grant" Bob McClay, Feb. 06, 2015

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