Local Agencies to Benefit from $51 million Ohio Attorney General's Expanding Services and Empowering Victim's Initiative
October 7, 2015 - 3:48 PM
COLUMBUS— Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced today that he is awarding more than $51 million to 307 crime victim service providers across Ohio as part of the newly established "Ohio Attorney General's Expanding Services and Empowering Victims Initiative."
funds are being awarded as the result of a marked increase in Victims
of Crime Act (VOCA) grant funding from the U.S. Department of Justice
for 2015-2016. In fiscal year 2014-2015, Ohio received $15,993,857 in
VOCA funding, as opposed to this fiscal year's award of $69,888,068. The fund is financed by federal settlements, fines, and fees.
The following organizations, which either directly or indirectly benefit people from Knox County, will be awarded a portion of the funds: Ohio State Legal Services Association ($105,588.44), New Directions ($140,502.90), the Knox County Prosecutor's Office Victim Witness Program(44,428.45), the Mount Vernon City Law Director's Office ($71,647.81), Mt. Carmel Health System Foundation Crime and Trauma Assistance Program ($196,732.09), The Salvation Army's Human Trafficking Program ($443,002.03), Disability Rights Ohio (75,371.24), The Research Institute at Nationwide Children's Hospital ($320,132.20)
Additional grant recipients will be announced in the future.
"No matter where you live in this state, we want victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and other crimes to have access to the essential services needed to report crimes, seek justice, and recover," said Attorney General DeWine. "Through this initiative, we will help crime victim service agencies throughout the state enhance the essential services they already provide to crime victims in Ohio, while also funding brand new programs that will help empower survivors to overcome their victimization."
Attorney General DeWine created the "Ohio Attorney General's Expanding Services and Empowering Victims Initiative" to determine how the funds could best be spent to serve victims of crime in Ohio.
Of the $51 million in grants announced today, an estimated $15 million will go toward providing services to domestic violence victims, nearly $10 million will go to prosecutor-based programs, and more than $9 million will go toward serving victims of sexual assault. Additional funds will assist agencies that provide services to at-risk youth and human trafficking victims, court appointed special advocates, and child advocacy centers.
Some of the new programs being funded as part of the "Ohio Attorney General's Expanding Services and Empowering Victims Initiative" include:
A full list of agencies receiving funds as part of the $51 million in awards announced today can be found on the Attorney General's website.
Among the additional grant recipients to be announced at a later date include colleges and universities that will be awarded $3 million in competitive grants to strengthen their sexual assault advocacy programs.
part of separate grant funding also announced today, Attorney General
DeWine awarded nearly 200 crime victim services agencies with more than
$3 million in grants from the State Victim Assistance Act (SVAA). A
list of agencies receiving SVAA grants can also be found on the Attorney General's website.
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