Florence, South Carolina 2021-09-22 22:46:17 –
Florence, South Carolina (WBTW) — Attorney General Alan Wilson held a press conference in Florence on Wednesday. He has announced a $ 32 million grant in grants that will go to help victims of crime in South Carolina. The SC Public Safety Coordinating Council officially approved the grant earlier this year, and the project will begin on October 1, 2021.
At a press conference on Wednesday, Nikeisha Martin, a survivor of domestic and sexual abuse, shared her story with the audience.
“My journey began when I was a kid. I was born broken. My parents were broken and didn’t teach me how to love, so I started looking for love in the wrong place. “Martin said.
The mother of eight boys is now married to a veteran with PTSD and says she still remembers the days of trauma she endured.
“At that time, I was unaware and ignored the warning signs. One day he snapped. My children came. He snatched them one by one, choked them, and asked questions. Install horror, “says Martin.
That is the only case she talked about. She will save many people who may fall into a similar situation every day with the help of $ 32 million to help victims of crime throughout the state.
“Employment and housing. If they don’t have those two things, they’ll come back. The state … we’re seeing it dealing with it directly. I need help, “Martin said.
Megan Temple, home to Speedy’s Care House, says the organization has helped more than 600 children in abusive situations this year alone. She states that these funds will help with staffing, housing and other needs to maintain the operation of the organization.
“They will also not have a healing part regarding the therapeutic process, and that is how they can heal so that they can become productive members of our society. That’s a very important part, “said Temple.
In the release sent from the AG office:
Grants are distributed by the Attorney General’s Office for Supporting Crime Victims. This division was added to the Attorney General’s office by state law in 2017. There are three types of grants: Crime Victims Act (VOCA) grant. Violence Against Women (VAWA) grants. And State Victim Assistance Program (SVAP) grants.
“These state and local agencies and nonprofits are doing a lot to help those who are experiencing traumatic situations. With these funds, state-wide agencies are victims of violent crime. We can help help people recover, “said Attorney General Alan Wilson.
Grants are awarded to private nonprofits, sheriff offices, police stations, solicitor offices, and state agencies. For example, the Anderson County-based Foothills Alliance has received two VOCA grants and one VAWA grant for approximately $ 705,975 for child advocacy services and a range of services for survivors of sexual assault. increase. Midland’s sexual trauma services receive over $ 1.2 million in grants that provide rapid response and resolution to the needs of victims of sexual assault through crisis intervention, advocacy, and counseling. Hopeful Holidays in Beaufort County has won two awards, totaling about $ 1.3 million, to provide wraparound services to victims of domestic violence and rape crises, as well as at the Children’s Advocacy Center. I have. Hopeful Horizons offers these services in the counties of Allendale, Beaufort, Colleton, Hampton and Jasper. “The Attorney General’s Office for Crime Victim Service grant staff is honored to work with hundreds of compassionate and dedicated professionals who assist victims of crime every day in South Carolina,” he said. Barbarajan “BJ” Attorney General Nelson said. Split. “Our goal is to have the most effective and compassionate victim service system across the United States.”
About 98% of the funding comes from federal grants and the rest comes from state funding. Both VOCA and VAWA are controlled by the US Department of Justice. VOCA uses non-taxpayer money from the Crime Victims Fund. VAWA is assigned by Parliament. It is important to note that the VOCA fund arises from federal fines and fines, not from taxpayers, and does not increase national debt or deficits.
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