(WBNG) -- The state is tackling the problem of domestic violence with a new approach that will have impacts across New York.
Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the creation of ten regional councils to address the issue. It is currently Domestic Violence Awareness Month here in New York.
The councils, which are the same regions used as control rooms for the pandemic, will connect lawmakers with organizations on the frontline. The goal is to improve services and help survivors across the Southern Tier and beyond.
The executive director of Rise-NY, a local domestic violence service provider, told 12 News she has conversations with other groups like her own, but rarely is she able to make their voices truly heard.
"I talk a lot to other victim service providers in our region, but a lot of our conversations are not formalized. It's kind of more shared concerns and issues we're seeing," Nicole Barren said Friday. "Our voices aren't going up to lawmakers that can actually change policy."
Barren said she would like to see two things change about how organizations like hers are funded: the criteria used to determine how much funding the provider receives and the ways in which the funds can be used.
The Southern Tier council is holding a virtual meeting to begin working on these issues together November 5.