Money granted through a federal program will help reduce domestic violence in Berks County, officials said Thursday.

Berks Women in Crisis was awarded a $125,000 grant through the Stop Violence Against Women program, said Pa. Rep. Tom Caltagirone, D-Berks Co., who serves as Democratic chairman of the House Judiciary Committee and as a member of the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, which will administer the funding.

"These are real dollars that will serve real people in need," Caltagirone said. "Stopping domestic violence and related crimes is the overall goal and the work of our victim services organizations in Berks County is the backbone to achieving that goal."

Berks Women in Crisis said the money will help support programs and services for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking.