Additional $3.4 Million in SVAA Grants also Awarded
(COLUMBUS, Ohio)—Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced Friday that he is awarding $85.5 million to 367 crime victim service providers across Ohio as part of the “Ohio Attorney General’s Expanding Services and Empowering Victims Initiative.”
Attorney General DeWine created the initiative in 2015 to determine how grant funds could best be spent to serve victims of crime in Ohio.
Of the $85.5 million in grants announced today, an estimated $28 million will go toward providing services to domestic violence victims, approximately $25 million will go toward serving victims of sexual assault, and more than $16 million will go toward services for abused children. Additional funds will assist agencies that provide services to at-risk youth, victims with disabilities, and other victims who traditionally have not accessed victim services.
“It is critical that crime victims have access to comprehensive care and services to aid them in their recovery,” said Attorney General DeWine. “I am happy to provide these grant funds to help local crime victim service agencies provide thorough assistance to Ohioans who need support following a crime.”
Some of the new programs being funded as part of the “Ohio Attorney General’s Expanding Services and Empowering Victims Initiative” this year include:
- The Children’s Home of Cincinnati (Hamilton): $188,293 Grant funding will be applied toward staff and training to provide trauma counseling for children who have experienced extreme abuse and neglect.
- Wing Haven (Gallia) $95,112 Grant funding will be used to hire additional clinicians to provide trauma therapy to victims in an area that has few free available resources to victims of crime.
- R.E.A.C.H. for Tomorrow, Inc. (Highland) $150,000 Grant funding will allow the organization to provide training and awareness to the faith community to develop skills needed to identify and respond to incidents of human trafficking.
The $85.5 million in funds is being awarded from Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) grant funding awarded to Ohio from the U.S. Department of Justice. The fund is financed by federal settlements, fines, and fees.
As part of separate grant funding also announced today, Attorney General DeWine awarded 187 crime victim service agencies with $3.4 million in grants from the State Victim Assistance Act (SVAA).
A list of agencies receiving VOCA and SVAA grants can be found on the Ohio Attorney General’s website.