First Lady Chirlane McCray announces a program addressing domestic abusers before they are involved with the criminal justice system.

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First Lady McCray Launches $3.3 Million Bid To Address Domestic Violence

May 02, 2018 - 2:08 pm

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- First Lady Chirlane McCray has announced a groundbreaking city initiative to intervene in and reduce domestic violence.

"There are far too many people we are not reaching early enough," she said.

She said the $3.3 million outreach called 'Interrupting Violence At Home' can take in 1,600 people across the city in a variety of ways.

"Families who are involved with ACS may be referred to this program through that," she said.

Women in shelters can request services for an abusive partner. McCray said the big difference is to get the person help before they become enmeshed in the criminal justice system.