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Congressman Jim Costa

Representing the 16th District of California

Bakersfield Californian: Grant To Support Legal Services for Domestic Violence Victims

Sep 6, 2012
In The News

Grant To Support Legal  Services for Domestic Violence Victims
By Bakersfield Californian, September 6, 2012

A nonprofit that provides free legal assistance and representation to residents of Kern County has received a grant from the U.S. Department of Justice to help bolster some of its legal services, according to a news release from Rep. Jim Costa, D-Fresno.

The nonprofit, Greater Bakersfield Legal Assistance, received $400,000 from the Justice Department's Office on Violence Against Women.

Greater Bakersfield Legal Assistance was founded in 1968 to provide legal assistance to low-income residents of Kern County.

It will use the grant to collaborate with the Alliance Against Family Violence and Sexual Assault to strengthen its programs for victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking, according to the news release. To do this, it will hire an additional full-time attorney, one part-time paralegal and a full-time bilingual case manager.