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STATEMENT: Victim Service Providers and Advocates Applaud Governor’s $120M in Victim Assistance Funding

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 18, 2024 

CONTACT: Sara Rodriguez, srodriguez@nylag.org, 212-613-6566

In her FY 2025 Executive Budget, Governor Hochul commits funding for victim service providers to fill federal gaps.

NEW YORK — In response to Governor Kathy Hochul’s Executive Budget, a statewide coalition of crime victim service providers and advocates released the following statement: 

“As organizations that deliver life-saving services to many thousands of survivors of violence annually throughout New York State—including survivors of sexual and domestic violence, child abuse, trafficking, and more—we commend and deeply appreciate the Governor for including $120 million in victim assistance funding in the proposed Executive Budget for Fiscal Year 2025.

“With deep cuts to federal Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) funding, our coalition had been calling on New York State to fill the gap to ensure that we could continue addressing survivors’ legal, emotional, psychological, and physical needs with the unique expertise and care every survivor deserves. We are grateful that Governor Hochul heard our call; the proposed FY 25 Executive budget makes clear that New York is taking seriously its responsibility to protect the life-saving, trauma-informed services we provide to help survivors restore their autonomy and safety on their own terms.

“We know the Governor cares deeply about protecting and supporting survivors, and we thank her for reflecting this in the proposed Executive Budget. Our coalition stands ready to work with her Administration and members of the New York State Legislature to ensure that the funding is allocated in a way that puts survivors and their families first.”

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Coalition Organizations:
Albany County Crime Victim and Sexual Violence Center
Barrier Free Living
Child and Family Services
Crime Victims Treatment Center
Day One NY
East Harlem Neighborhood Based Alliance Corporation
Erie County Coalition Against Family Violence
Hope’s Door
My Sisters’ Place
New York City Alliance Against Sexual Assault
New York Legal Assistance Group
New York Legal Services Coalition
New York State Children’s Alliance
New York State Coalition Against Domestic Violence
Pace Women’s Justice Center 
The Safe Center
Safe Horizon
Sanctuary for Families
Urban Resource Institute

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