Agencies throughout the Valley have domestic violence squarely in their sights, and the state is opening its coffers to help the cause.
The Virginia Dept. of Social Services has awarded more than $6.8 million in grant money to 47 anti-domestic violence agencies throughout the state, including several here in the Valley.
The two closest are First Step in Harrisonburg, which got $165,072, and the New Directions Center in Staunton, which received $174,985.
Sheree Hedrick, administrative director for New Directions, says without the state money, her agency would be in big trouble.
"We would truly have to cut many of our services, and do away with many of our services," she said Friday. "Without this funding, it's our main source of funding, so we count on the money. If we did not receive it, we would be scaled back majorly as an agency."
Choices, The Council on Domestic Violence for Page County, Luray ($121,138); the Woodstock-based Response, Inc. ($148,586); the Shelter for Abused Women, Winchester ($193,735); and the Warren County Council on Domestic Violence in Front Royal ($103,494) also received grant money.