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$2.2 million awarded to 51 public and private non-profit agencies


CHARLESTON, W.Va. -Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin announced 51 public and private non-profit agencies throughout the State will receive Victims of Crime Act Assistance (VOCA) sub-grant funds totaling $2,214,551.


The Victims of Crime Act Assistance sub-grant funds will provide direct services, such as counseling, personal advocacy, court advocacy, client transportation and support services to victims of crimes including domestic violence, sexual violence, child abuse, and elderly abuse. The funds will also provide financial assistance to victims as they move through the criminal justice system.


The VOCA funds are awarded from the Office for Victims of Crime, the Office of Justice Programs of the U. S. Department of Justice. These funds are administered by the West Virginia Division of Justice and Community Services.


Funds awarded to local counties and programs include:


• Family Service, a Division of Goodwill Industries , Inc., received $35,011. These funds will provide for a portion of the salaries of a full-time Victim Advocate and a part-time Victim Advocate to provide direct services to victims of sexual and physical abuse in Cabell, Lincoln, and Wayne Counties.


• CONTACT Huntington, Inc. received $23,038. These funds will provide for the salaries of a full-time Victim Advocate to provide direct services to victims of sexual violence in Cabell, Wayne, Lincoln, and Mason Counties.


• Branches Domestic Violence Shelter, Inc. received $128,944. These funds will provide for a portion of the salaries of a full-time Adult Counselor, Mason County Advocate, a Wayne County Advocate, a Putnam County Advocate, a Lincoln County Advocate, and a part-time Evening Advocate in Cabell County to provide direct services to victims of domestic violence in Cabell, Mason, Wayne, Putnam, and Lincoln Counties.


• The YWCA Resolve Family Abuse Program received $81,784. These funds will provide for the salaries of a full-time Boone County Coordinator and part-time Clay County Coordinator, and a portion of the salaries for a full-time Youth Services Coordinator, Director of Court Advocacy, and Racial Justice Court Advocate to provide direct services to victims of domestic violence in Kanawha, Boone, and Clay Counties.


• The Logan County Commission received $38,472. These funds will provide for the salaries of a full-time and a part-time Victim Advocate in the Logan County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office to provide direct services to crime victims in Logan County.


• Stop Abusive Family Environments, Inc. received $74,344. These funds will provide for the salaries of a full-time McDowell County Advocate, a part-time Wyoming County Victim Advocate, and two full-time Mercer County Advocates to provide direct services to victims of domestic and sexual violence in McDowell, Mercer, and Wyoming Counties.


• ChildLaw Services, Inc. received $7,889. These funds will provide for the salary of a part-time Client Coordinator to provide direct services to child victims of crime who are not involved with child protective services and children who witness domestic violence in Mercer and McDowell Counties.The Tug Valley Recovery Shelter received $34,085. These funds will provide for the salaries of a full-time Victim Advocate and a part-time Court Advocate to provide direct services to victims of domestic violence in Mingo and Logan Counties.


• The Wyoming County Commission received $23,458. These funds will provide for the salary of a full-time Victim Advocate in the Wyoming County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office to provide direct services to crime victims in Wyoming County.


• The West Virginia Division of Corrections received $33,726. These funds will provide for a portion of the salary of a Victim Services Manager to provide direct services to the crime victims of inmates under the custody of the Division of Corrections.


• Mothers Against Drunk Driving received $17,666. These funds will provide for a portion of the salary of a statewide Victim Advocate to provide direct services and support to victims of DUI cases throughout the State of West Virginia.


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