Area crime victim services receive grant money

By Frank Lewis

October 9, 2013

Frank Lewis

PDT Staff Writer

Three Scioto County agencies have received grants through the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) and/or State Victims Assistance Act (SVAA). Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced Tuesday that 276 Ohio crime victim services agencies have been awarded more than $17 million in grant funds.

Among them, the Southern Ohio Shelter, which received $23,200 from SVAA and $53,283 in VOCA allocations; the Scioto County Prosecutor’s Office received $78,326 in SVAA allocations and The Southern Ohio Sexual Assault Treatment Center which serves Scioto and Lawrence counties, received $45,812 in SVAA allocations.

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,” DeWine said. “Ohio’s victim advocates work on the front lines of our justice system every day supporting victims.”

In Pike County, the Pike County Prosecutor’s Office received an allocation of $45,497 from SVAA and Pike County Partnership Against Violence was awarded an SVAA allocation of $105,723.

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 and Tuscarawas County Child Advocacy Center, Tuscarawas County, $8,164.

A full list of all VOCA and SVAA recipients is available on the Ohio Attorney General’s website.

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