Times Bulletin Staff Report

VAN WERT -- The YWCA of Van Wert County is among ten agencies in the state to split $10,000 from Ohio Attorney General DeWine. The awards are being made in honor of National Crime Victims' Week. The funds are to pay for awareness campaigns throughout this week.

"We are pleased that we are able to assist these agencies to promote the valuable services that they provide and assist those who have been victimized," said Attorney General DeWine. "My office is dedicated to helping victims and their families in the aftermath of violent crime."

Each of the agencies will recieve between $870 and $1,000. Other awarded agencies in the state are:
A Caring Place Children's Advocacy Center, Wintersville
Children's Advocacy Center of Guernsey County
Children's Advocacy Center of Licking County
Cleveland Rape Crisis Center
East Liverpool Law Director's Office
Help Hotline Crisis Center, Youngstown
Lighthouse Youth Services, Cincinnati
Meigs County Prosecutor's Office
Townhall II, Kent.

The goal of National Crime Victims' Rights Week is to support crime victims and raise awareness of victim issues across the country. National Crime Victim's Rights Week began April 6 and runs through Saturday April 12.

The Attorney General's Crime Victim Services Section provides compensation to eligible crime victims and their families through the Ohio Victims of Crime Compensation Fund. Since its creation in 1976, the fund, which can pay for medical expenses, lost wages, funeral costs, and similar expenditures, has paid out more than $341 million, including $8.8 million in 2013.