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Tucson-based domestic violence prevention program will get federal funding

A domestic violence prevention program in Tucson is one of more than 80 nonprofits nationwide receiving funding from the Department of Justice’s Office on Violence Against Women.

Emerge Center Against Domestic Abuse offers services like emergency shelter, housing assistance and outreach to survivors of domestic violence.

It’s one of more than two dozen initiatives nationwide to receive funding from a series of grants from the department's Justice for Families Program. 

The agency says that program is awarding more than $14 million to projects aimed at improving civil and criminal justice systems to families with a history of domestic violence, and assisting with child visitation issues.

The Legal Assistance for Victims Program, another initiative within the Office on Violence Against Women, awarded more than $35 million in funding to organizations focused on providing legal assistance to families. 

Emerge is receiving a grant of $550,000 this fiscal year.

Alisa Reznick is a senior field correspondent covering stories across southern Arizona and the borderlands for the Tucson bureau of KJZZ's Fronteras Desk.