Justice announces public safety grants

From staff reports

CHARLESTON — West Virginia Governor Jim Justice on Tuesday announced several public safety-related grant awards for agencies throughout the state.

The governor announced $8,964,243 in Victims of Crime Act program funds to 80 projects.

The funds will provide public and private non-profit agencies funding to provide direct services such as counseling, personal advocacy, court advocacy, client transportation, and support services to victims of such crimes as domestic violence, sexual violence, child abuse, and elder abuse.

The funds are provided by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Office for Victims of Crime and are administered by the West Virginia Division of Justice and Community Services (DJCS), which is part of the Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety.

Local awards included:

* $198,280 for Family Counseling Connection. These funds will provide direct services to victims of sexual violence, child abuse, and domestic violence in Kanawha, Jackson, Boone, and Putnam counties.

* $225,381 for the Family Crisis Intervention Center. These funds will provide direct services to victims of domestic violence in Jackson, Ritchie, Wirt, Pleasants, and Wood counties.

* $37,610 for the Tyler County Commission to provide direct services to crime victims in Tyler County.

* $49,803 for Voices for Children Foundation. These funds will provide direct services to child abuse and neglect victims in Wood, Wirt, Pleasants, and Ritchie counties.

* $24,338 for the Roane County Commission to provide direct services to crime victims in Roane County.

* $88,795 for CASA for Children Inc. These funds will provide direct services to child abuse and neglect victims in Ohio, Marshall, Tyler, and Wetzel counties.

* $293,973 for Harmony Mental Health, Inc. These funds will provide direct services to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and child abuse in Calhoun, Jackson, Kanawha, Wirt, and Wood counties.

* $93,334 for the Harrison County Child Advocacy Center. These funds will provide direct services to child abuse victims and adult survivors of child sexual abuse in Harrison, Doddridge, Taylor and Barbour counties.

* $34,900 for the Jackson County Commission to provide direct services to crime victims in Jackson County.

* $366,679 for the Task Force on Domestic Violence, “HOPE, Inc.” These funds will provide direct services to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and child victims in Doddridge, Gilmer, Harrison, Lewis, and Marion counties.

* $71,697 for the Wood County Commission to provide direct services to crime victims in Wood County.

* $83,368 for The Children’s Listening Place to provide direct services to child victims in Wood, Pleasants and Ritchie counties.

The governor also announced $1,125,875 in Justice Assistance Grant program funds to 36 projects statewide.

These funds will be used to assist state agencies, local units of government, and private non-profit agencies in carrying out specific programs that offer a high probability of improving West Virginia’s criminal justice system.

Special emphasis was placed on multi-jurisdictional and statewide projects that seek to create and/or retain jobs in the criminal justice system in West Virginia.

Local awards were:

* $18,000 for the City of Ripley for a Prevention Resource Officer at Ripley High School.

* $18,000 for the City of Ravenswood for a Prevention Resource Officer at Ravenswood High School.

* $18,000 for the Roane County Commission for a Prevention Resource Officer at Roane County High School.

* $41,400 for the City of Vienna to provide for officer salaries for a multi-jurisdictional drug and violent crime task force.

* $18,000 for the City of Williamstown for a Prevention Resource Officer at Williamstown High School.

* $18,000 for the Wood County Commission for a Prevention Resource Officer at Blennerhassett Middle School.

Funds are provided by the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance, Office of Justice Programs. They are administered by the West Virginia Division of Justice and Community Services, which is part of the Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety.

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