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Gov. Justice awards over $3.9 million in Victims of Crime Act grants

Gov. Jim Justice announced on Tuesday that he has awarded $3,999,933 in Victims of Crime Act Assistance sub-grant funds.
Gov. Jim Justice announced on Tuesday that he has awarded $3,999,933 in Victims of Crime Act...
Gov. Jim Justice announced on Tuesday that he has awarded $3,999,933 in Victims of Crime Act Assistance sub-grant funds.(State of WV)
Published: Dec. 7, 2021 at 4:57 PM EST
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BRIDGEPORT, W.Va (WDTV) - Gov. Jim Justice announced on Tuesday that he has awarded $3,999,933 in Victims of Crime Act Assistance sub-grant funds.

The funds will go to 84 public and private non-profit agencies throughout the state.

“Helping victims of violent crime is something we need to do in every way we possibly can,” Gov. Justice said. “The COVID-19 pandemic has caused a rise in the number of West Virginians using our nonprofit agencies for assistance. That’s why I advocated for this funding from our Legislature, because every single dollar helps someone in need.”

The Victims of Crime Act Assistance sub-grant funds will provide direct services like counseling, personal advocacy, court advocacy, client transportation, and support services to victims of crimes including domestic violence, sexual violence, child abuse, and elder abuse.

The funds will also support assistance to victims as they move through the criminal justice system.

The VOCA Supplemental Funds were awarded from the State Special Legislative Session, House Bill 336, requested and signed by Gov. Justice, to offset federal budget cuts to the Victims of Crime Act Program.

These funds are administered by the West Virginia Division of Administrative Services, Justice, and Community Services Section.

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