Five grants totaling almost $275,000 will help local agencies serve survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, rape and stalking.
Gov. Laura Kelly’s office announced the grants Monday in a news release. Statewide, more than $2 million in grant funding was awarded for the cause.
The grants are provided through the Federal Services, Training, Officers, and Prosecutors Violence Against Women Act Formula Grant Program (S.T.O.P. VAWA), according to the release.
“The grant program supports efforts to respond to crimes against women by developing, training, or expanding units of law enforcement officers, prosecutors, judges, and court personnel, specifically targeting crimes against women,” according to the release.
“We must do all we can to ensure survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault have the support and resources they need to navigate their traumatic experience and demand justice,” Kelly said in the release. “This funding strengthens Kansas’ victim services and legal assistance programs to advance that mission and promote coordinated community responses for victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, rape, and stalking.”
S.T.O.P. WAWA grant awards for Douglas County agencies include:
• Douglas County district attorney’s office, $68,600
• Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, $16,590
• Sexual Trauma & Abuse Care Center, $50,444
• Willow Domestic Violence Center, $46,896
The Care Center was also selected for a federal Sexual Assault Services Program grant of $73,952, according to the release.
Those funds “assist programs in providing victims of sexual assault with crisis intervention and accompaniment and advocacy assistance through the medical and criminal justice processes,” according to the release. “The funds also provide educational information to survivors of sexual assault.”
Funds are available through the U.S. Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women, according to the release. See the full list of grant recipients at this link.