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September 21, 2018 – Rep. Chris Smith announced this week that the New Jersey Anti-Domestic Violence Coalition will receive a federal grant for their work, reported TAPinto Middletown.

Rep. Smith is the author of the landmark Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act, which reauthorized the Violence Against Women Act and the grant program.

“NJCEDV performs critical work every day to be a lifeline to victims of domestic abuse and ensure they have the protection, shelter, and resources they need the most,” said Smith.

“Since 1994, VAWA has provided $7 Billion in grants to states and programs across the country. The funding provided through VAWA has been instrumental to our work in NJ; VAWA has increased the availability of crisis intervention services and legal advocacy, training and education to first responders, as well as increased protections for immigrant survivors and other underserved communities,” said Pamela Jacobs, NJCEDV Executive Director.

“She noted that NJCEDV looks forward to the reauthorization of the VAWA Reauthorization Act, and “the opportunity to continue to strengthen our response to, and work to prevent, domestic violence in New Jersey,” reported TAPinto.

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