The State has awarded more than a half a million dollars in grant money to local agencies across Wisconsin through the STOP Violence Against Women Act.
Attorney General JB Van Hollen made the announcement Monday on behalf of the Wisconsin Department of Justice Office of Crime Victims Services. In all 11 agencies will share in the $560,000.
The Women’s Community Inc. of Marathon County will receive $57,000 of that money. That money will go to provide ongoing support and services to Hmong victims by providing bi-lingual or bi-cultural staff.
The goal of the Victim Services grant funds is to keep women and their children safe and hold perpetrators accountable while meeting victims’ immediate safety and physical needs, as well as their long-term care and recovery needs.
Enacted in 1994, VAWA is a state administered, federally funded program. STOP Violence Against Women Act Formula Grant funds are awarded annually to the OCVS from the U.S. Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women.