Local victim’s services groups receive grant funds

Sarah Hawley

October 10, 2013

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced this that 276 Ohio crime victim services agencies have been awarded more than $17 million in grant funds.

Four of those agencies are in Meigs and Gallia counties.

The Meigs County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office was the lone Meigs County-based agency to receive a share of the funding.

A total of $83,813 was awarded to the Meigs County Prosecutor’s Office, with $77,369 through the State Victims Assistance Act (SVAA) and $6,444 through the federal Victims of Crime Act (VOCA).

In Gallia County, the Gallia County Prosecutor’s Office Victims Assistance Program received $57,156 through SVAA; Serenity House received $30,782 (VOCA) and $11,336 (SVAA); and the City of Gallipolis received $26,384 (VOCA) and $5,645 (SVAA).

According to the Attorney General’s website, Serenity House serves those in Gallia, Meigs and Jackson counties.

Other programs receiving funding which serve Gallia or Meigs counties are Community Assault Prevention Services in Jackson County (Gallia and Meigs); Child Protection Center of Ross County (Gallia); and Ohio University Women’s Center (Meigs).

Programs receiving funding throughout the state 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 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.