Victims of domestic violence in Brooklyn have a new place to go for help

Victims of domestic violence in Brooklyn now have a new place to go for help.

The borough?s first family justice center opened its doors Wednesday. It is temporarily located at the Brooklyn District Attorney?s Office on Jay Street. Officials say the center is named after the mother of Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes, who says he grew up with an abusive father.

Hynes says the center is a place for victims to find comfort and get their lives back on track. Community-based organizations are part of the initiative. They will provide a variety of services, including legal services, housing assistance and child care.

The center is funded by a $1.2 million grant from the Department of Justice. Officials say it will serve as many as 7,000 adults each year.

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