Brooklyn DA helps Russian women say 'nyet' to domestic violence

BENSONHURST - The Kings County District Attorney?s office is reaching out to Russian women who suffer abuse at the hands of their loved ones.

District Attorney Charles Hynes? office started Project Nyet, which means ?no? in Russian, with the help of a $150,000 federal grant. Officials don?t ask about immigration status, their only goal is to help women escape abusive relationships. Hynes decided to start the program after abused Russian women started calling the office for help, but no one could translate.

Pat Singer, the founder of the Brighton Beach Neighborhood Association, is a domestic abuse survivor. Singer says it?s important for victims to get help in their native language. Singer and Bensonhurst?s Jewish Community House are working to get the word out about the program they say can save lives.

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