Funding cuts would hurt Crisis Services

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Local programs that help victims of domestic violence and sexual assault are at risk because of deep budget cuts.

Crisis Services and Senator Tim Kennedy stood together Wednesday to call on the New York State Office of Victim Services to reconsider cuts in funding. Crisis Services could lose about $300,000.

Advocate Program Coordinator Robin Witkorski-Reynolds said, “How could this possibly be happening? How is it that with such a rich history of service to victims of domestic violence, family violence, sexual violence, that is so embedded into our community be pleading to the very agency that helped us build to where we are today?”

Crisis Services says more than 8,000 survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault may not have access to needed support if the funding cut remains in place.

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