TRENTON - New Jersey yesterday awarded $1.5 million in grants to 19 domestic-violence shelters, including one in Camden County and one in Gloucester County.

"These grants continue our commitment to those who need a helping hand," Gov. Corzine said. "Unfortunately, domestic violence affects far too many people in communities across our state.

With these funds, shelters that provide a safe haven to victims of domestic violence will be able to enhance their facilities and improve the critical services they provide."

The New Jersey Association on Correction-Camden County Women's Center received $300,000 for building improvements. The Center for Family Services in Gloucester County got $30,500 for shelter improvements. - AP