DHI Media Staff Report
— Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced recently that he is
awarding $79.5 million to 356 crime victim service providers across Ohio
as part of the “Ohio Attorney General’s Expanding Services and
Empowering Victims Initiative.” Several area organizations and programs
will receive funds.
Attorney General DeWine created the initiative
in 2015 to determine how grant funds could best be spent to serve
victims of crime in Ohio.
“In the aftermath of a crime, it’s
critically important that victims have easy access to comprehensive care
and services,” said Attorney General DeWine. “Through these grants,
agencies throughout the state will be able to continue or even expand
upon the ways they help victims of crime in Ohio.”
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 recently, Attorney General DeWine
awarded 195 crime victim service agencies with $3.4 million in grants
from the State Victim Assistance Act (SVAA).
The YWCA of Van Wert
County will receive $283,081.05 from VOCA for its domestic violence
shelter, which not only serves Van Wert County, but also Allen,
Auglaize, Mercer and Paulding.
Van Wert County Victims Services will receive $41,258.36 from VOCA for its prosecutor program.
Crisis Care Line in Van Wert and Paulding counties will get $140,573.51 from VOCA for its domestic violence shelter.
Area Agency on Aging 3 will receive $244,355.55 from VOCA for its elder abuse victim advocacy program.
Victim Services of Allen County, which serves Van Wert, Paulding,
Allen, Putnam, Mercer and several other counties in the area, will
receive $1,558,305.11 from VOCA and $7,500 from SVAA. The funds will go
to the child advocacy center, domestic violence shelter, sexual assault
program and court appointed special advocate program.
Legal Aid of
Western Ohio which serves several counties on the west side of the
state including Van Wert, Paulding and Mercer counties will receive
$275,001 from VOCA for its legal services program.
Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office Victim Assistance Program will receive $28.212.64 from VOCA and $2,639 from SVAA.
OUR Home, Inc., a domestic violence shelter in Mercer County, will receive $85,215.86 from VOCA and $18.136 from SVAA.
The Paulding County Prosecutor program will receive $55,745.69 from VOCA and $9,589 from SVAA.
the $79.5 million in grants announced, an estimated $25 million will go
toward providing services to domestic violence victims, approximately
$20 million will go toward serving victims of sexual assault, and more
than $14 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 that traditionally have not
accessed victim services.