Westchester courthouse to get $1M family center

This just in from U.S. Rep Nita Lowey … a $1 million federal grant for the county courthouse:

WASHINGTON — Congresswoman Nita Lowey (D-Westchester/Rockland) today announced the Westchester County Office for Women (OFW) will receive a $1 million federal grant to establish a Family Justice Center at the White Plains Court Complex.

“The Westchester County OFW has a proven track record of providing critical assistance to victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking,” said Lowey.  “I am thrilled this grant will enable OFW to continue and expand its important work.”

Lowey assisted the Westchester County OFW’s grant application to the U.S. Department of Justice by sending a letter of support in March 2009.

In its first 10 years of existence, the OFW has served more than 8,000 women.  Additionally, 300 law students have been trained to assist women in need of assistance.

The $1 million grant will enable Westchester County to establish a Family Justice Center (FJC) at the White Plains Court Complex to expand and enhance the work of the program and provide training for police officers, prosecutors, the judiciary, advocates, and service providers.

Additionally, the Westchester County OFW will install an automated victim notification of protective orders (VNPO) system to enable victims to access the status of an order of protection 24 hours a day.  These important services will be available to the entire Westchester population of nearly 1 million people.

Rebecca Baker

Rebecca Baker joined The Journal News in March 2004. She covers Eastchester, Bronxville and Tuckahoe, and was previously the state and county courts reporter in Westchester County. In prior jobs, she covered the Town of Greenburgh and Rockland County government and politics. Before coming to The Journal News, she was a municipal reporter for newspapers in New Haven, Conn. and Warren, Ohio.