The Legal Aid Society of Mid-York is receiving $600,000 in federal funding for domestic abuse support programs in central New York.

The funding was announced by Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand.

The funding was allocated through the Department of Justice’s Office on Violence Against Women and is authorized through the Legal Assistance for Victims Grant Program.

“This critical federal funding through the Department of Justice will help facilitate a wide range of programs to better assist domestic violence survivors,” said Gillibrand. “Domestic violence is a serious problem and we need to work towards creating a safe environment for individuals and families. By increasing accessibility to legal services for survivors we can help provide the support and resources they need to be protected and put their lives back together.”

The Utica-based legal aid organization will use the money to provide legal representation, supportive services and outreach to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.

The group serves 12 counties in central New York.