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.
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
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.
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
of the new programs being funded as part of the "Ohio Attorney
General's Expanding Services and Empowering Victims Initiative"
Domestic Violence Relocation Grant: $250,000 -
Funds will be provided to the Ohio Domestic Violence Network to help
relocate survivors of domestic violence who need emergency housing
across the state. The grant will help pay for some living expenses,
moving expenses, and utility deposits for victims of domestic violence.
Logan County Domestic Violence Shelter: $416,675.51 -
Funds will be provided to Consolidated Care, Inc., to be used toward
establishing a domestic violence shelter in Logan County that will be a
24-hour safe and secure emergency location providing food, clothing, and
personal items for survivors' immediate needs. Logan County does not
currently have a domestic violence shelter.
Statewide Rape Crisis Hotline: $1,253,087.12 -
Funds will be provided to the OhioHealth Sexual Assault Response
Network of Central Ohio to develop and implement a 24-hour statewide
sexual violence hotline to serve survivors of sexual and relationship
violence across the state.
Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) Grants: $580,465.36 -
Six grants adding up to $580,465.36 will be given to Akron General
Medical Center, Mount Carmel Medical Center, Townhall II of Kent, Crime
Victim Services of Allen County, Cleveland Clinic/Fairview Hospital, and
Southwest Community Health Foundation to increase the number of Sexual
Assault Nurse Examiners (SANEs) in Ohio. SANEs are specifically trained
to conduct sexual assault exams, support victims during the sexual
assault exam process, and testify in court if needed.
Improving Access to Sexual Assault Services for the Disabled: $75,371.24 -
Funds will be provided to Disability Rights Ohio to provide more robust
advocacy for those with disabilities and provide individualized
one-on-one support for victims of sexual assault to help them access
services, seek justice, and access recovery programs. Funds will also
be used to train advocates with Helpline of Delaware and Morrow
Counties, New Directions of Knox County, and the Sexual Assault Response
Network of Central Ohio on how to best assist victims with
Deaf/Hard of Hearing Victim Services: $198,000 -
Funds will be provided to the Ohio School for the Deaf to help empower
deaf or hard of hearing victims to become more comfortable reporting
crime, be aware of existing crime victim resources, and have increased
self-confidence navigating through the criminal justice system.
Unattended/Unattached Youth Collaborative Grants: $224,349.81 -
Four grants adding up to $224,349.81 will be provided to the Ohio
Domestic Violence Network, Ohio State University Star House, Sojourners
Care Network of Vinton County, and Compass Family and Community Services
of Mahoning County to help youth who are at-risk to become victims of
human trafficking and sexual commercialization to address past
victimization and prevent future victimization in order to stop the
cycle of violence.
East Cleveland Homeless Youth Grant: $86,302 -
Funds will be provided to Broken Connections in East Cleveland to help
them hire three advocates to focus on working specifically with homeless
youth who have been victims of crime, connect them with services to
help prevent them from becoming permanently homeless, and help them cope
with the trauma of victimization.
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.
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
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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