(COLUMBUS, Ohio) -- Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced today that 276 Ohio crime victim services agencies have been awarded more than $17 million in grant funds.
The programs receiving funding include: domestic violence shelters; human trafficking outreach centers; aged-out foster youth initiatives; sexual, elder, and child abuse programs; legal aid initiatives; and court appointed special advocate programs.
"Victims of crime often don't know what help is available on their path towards healing, and that is why crime victim services agencies like these are so important," said Attorney General DeWine. "Ohio's victim advocates work on the front lines of our justice system every day supporting victims."
The majority of the funding was awarded as continuing Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) and/or State Victims Assistance Act (SVAA) grant funding for 2013-2014. An additional eight agencies received new grants. Those agencies include:
• Harmony House, Inc., Belmont County, $15,527
• Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cuyahoga County, $55,000
• Ohio Network of Children's Advocacy Center, Franklin County, $14,560
• Guernsey County Child Advocacy Center, Guernsey County, $20,808
• The Salvation Army, Hamilton County, $49,356
• Hancock County Center for Safe and Healthy Children, Hancock County, $16,856
• Daybreak, Montgomery County, $58,853
• Tuscarawas County Child Advocacy Center, Tuscarawas County, $8,164
The state and federal grants are funded by court costs and license reinstatement fees.
Funding recommendations are provided to the Attorney General by the Ohio Attorney General's Crime Victim Services Section and the State Victims Assistance Advisory Board.
Dan Tierney: 614-466-3840
Jill Del Greco: 614-466-3840