Three Salina-based organizations have been awarded grants totaling $131,000 for victims service programs.
According to Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidts Office, Ashby House, Child Advocacy & Parenting Services, and the Domestic Violence Association of Central Kansas are all receiving funding.
Ashby House was awarded a $5,000 grant to plan for a safe exchange and visitation program for Saline County and surrounding residents who are involved in court ordered custody cases where safe supervision and exchange is requested. The organization was also awarded a $23,000 grant to provide interim shelter, counseling, case management, and support groups for low- or no-income women struggling with substance use disorders and domestic abuse or sexual assault.
Child Advocacy & Parenting Services, Inc. was awarded a $14,000 grant to recruit, train and place 55 court-appointed special advocates with 120 children in need of care during the grant year. The organization was also awarded a $20,000 grant to provide services to child sexual or physical abuse victims and their non-offending caregivers in North Central Kansas.
Domestic Violence Association of Central Kansas has been awarded a $23,000 grant to provide economic advocacy as well as 24-hour crisis intervention and emergency shelter to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault who are in imminent danger. The organization was also awarded a $46,000 grant to provide temporary emergency shelter as well as trauma informed direct and support services to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking and their dependent children in order to meet their immediate health and safety needs.
“The work of our victims service organizations throughout the state ensures that services are available to crime victims in their hour of need,” Schmidt said. “We are proud to support the work of these organizations through the victims services grant programs in our office.”
This grant was awarded from the State Child Exchange and Visitation Centers Fund, the State Crime Victims Assistance Fund, the State Crime Victims Assistance Fund for Child Abuse and Neglect and the Protection From Abuse Fund. The victim services grant programs are funded by state general fund, marriage license fees, district court fines, penalties and forfeitures, county court costs and municipal court assessments.
This year, the Attorney Generals Office awarded more than $2 million in grants to local and state crime victim assistance organizations.