Grant money to support domestic violence services

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A center in Utah that helps women and children escape domestic violence is getting a boost in funding thanks a grant.

The U.S. Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women awarded $900,000 Monday to several Utah organizations to help them further address and implement assist to those affected by family violence.

Previously, the government has awarded $400,000 in both 2008 and 2010 for similar work.

"It will be divided between the Salt Lake Area Family Justice Center, which goes to the YWCA, the Salt Lake City Police Department, other law enforcement agencies in the Salt Lake Valley, some of it will go to the courts, and then some of it is going to the district attorney's office," said Asha Parekh, with the Salt Lake Area Family Justice Center.

Salt Lake City is unique in the way that they have merged their domestic violence services to one central location.

The grant money will be distributed over a two-year period.