Gov. Laura Kelly announced Friday that nearly $570,000 in grant funds have been awarded to five Douglas County organizations to bolster support for crime victims and survivor services.
Nearly $15 million has been awarded to organizations across Kansas through the 2024 federal Victims of Crime Act grant program. The program aims to enhance access to justice, support individuals impacted by the justice system, and strengthen community safety, according to a Friday news release from Kelly’s office.
“Crime victims and survivor services are critical to the well-being of impacted Kansans,” Kelly said in the release. “This funding ensures these organizations can continue providing services to get victims and survivors the support and justice they deserve.”
The VOCA grants aim to help with the emotional, psychological and physical needs of crime victims and survivors through direct services, according to the release. Services include court advocacy and criminal justice support, crisis counseling, forensic interviews, and shelter, transportation, and transitional housing.
Douglas County grant recipients include:
• Child Advocacy Center of Douglas County: $41,003
• Douglas County CASA: $17,677
• Douglas County District Attorney’s Office: $64,571
• The Sexual Trauma & Abuse Care Center: $182,726
• The Willow Domestic Violence Center: $263,559
The grants will help the local organizations continue providing services such as court advocacy, crisis counseling, shelter and support to victim-survivors in Douglas County.
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