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Over $2 million federal injection to prevent violence against women


Resident Commissioner Jenniffer González Colón

By John McPhaul

jpmcphaul@gmail.com


Resident Commissioner Jenniffer González Colón announced Wednesday that the Office of the Women’s Advocate will receive $2.2 million from a federal allocation from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Violence Against Women.


González Colón said $461,276 was allocated under the sexual assault services formula program, which helps rape crisis centers and other non-governmental and non-profit organizations that provide services, direct intervention and assistance to victims of assault and sexual abuse and their families.


Another $1.7 million was allocated under the STOP program to stop violence against women. The resident commissioner noted in a written statement that those funds seek to enhance the capacity of local communities to develop and strengthen effective law enforcement and prosecution strategies to combat violent crimes against women and to develop and strengthen victim services in cases of violent crime.


“Each state and territory must allocate 25% for law enforcement, 25% for prosecutors, 30% for victim services (of which at least 10% must be distributed to community organizations), 5% to state and local courts. and 15% for discretionary distribution,” she said.


The federal funds are part of an estimated $11.6 million approved through 16 grants from the U.S. Justice Department, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the U.S. Department of Education and the National Endowment for the Humanities to also promote education, science and art.

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