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Sandy aid to bolster NJ domestic violence services

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey is using some of its Superstorm Sandy recovery money to bolster domestic violence prevention and treatment.

State officials say the stress of recovering from a disaster can put added pressure on families and make domestic violence victims even more vulnerable.

Nearly $4 million for the initiative is coming from a federal social services grant that was part of the state’s Superstorm Sandy aid. Additional money is being provided by the federal Family Violence Prevention and Services Program.

State officials say grants will fund counseling, support services and transitional housing.

They say alternative housing may be needed for families where abuse has occurred as a result of the impact of the storm, and for those who had to return to living arrangements where there was previous abuse.