Sainato: Nearly $141,000 to support Lawrence County domestic violence programs, child abuse support services

NEW CASTLE, Sept. 12 – Two state grants totaling $140,828 will fund Lawrence County programs to help abused children and residents victimized by domestic violence, state Rep. Chris Sainato, D-Lawrence, announced today.

Sainato said the grants – administered by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency – will fund programs that can make a critical difference to residents whose lives have been shattered by violence and abuse.

“The programs funded by these grants provide essential services such as medical care, intervention, counseling and advocacy for children who have been abused and residents who have been traumatized by domestic violence,” Sainato said. “When someone in our community falls prey to violence or abuse, the impact extends far beyond the immediate victim. Everyone – children, parents, grandparents – even future generations – can feel the effects.

“The funding awarded by PCCD will provide services that allow those traumatized by violence or abuse to heal. It will allow adults to return to productive lives in the community, and it will give children who have been abused the protection they need, and importantly, a chance at a new future. In the end, our entire community grows stronger.”

Sainato said the grants include $70,414 each to the Children’s Advocacy Center of Lawrence County and the Crisis Shelter of Lawrence County. Both grants are funded under the Victims’ Service Advisory Committee 2019-20 Victims of Crime Act.

PCCD provides planning, coordination and technical assistance to the state’s criminal justice system and serves as a clearinghouse for state and federal grants to support criminal and juvenile justice efforts.