US Senator Amy Klobuchar announced that Minnesota will receive nearly $699,744  in family violence prevention services funds as part of the CARES Act.

The money will be used for temporary housing, counseling and other support services for victims of family, domestic and dating violence.

“As many Americans are staying home in the midst of this pandemic, reports of domestic violence have increased. We must do everything we can to support victims and survivors during this crisis, and this funding will help provide critical services to meet urgent needs across our state.” Klobuchar said. “I will continue to work to make sure that victims and survivors of domestic and sexual violence have access to the shelter and support services they need during this difficult and uncertain time.”

The CARES money also includes $500,000 for the StrongHearts Native helpline in Eagan and another $1.5 million for the national domestic violence hotline.