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Rahall Announces $968K for Crime Victims Fund

4/30/2009

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Nick J. Rahall, II (D-W.Va.) today announced the release of $968,230 from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) for the Department of Justice (DOJ) Office of Justice Programs’ 2009 Crime Victims Fund in West Virginia.

"Organizations that will receive funding through these programs provide vital services to victims of crime in southern West Virginia and across our Nation,” said Rahall. “These grants help ensure that victims of crime in our communities have access to services like crisis intervention, counseling, emergency shelter, criminal justice advocacy, and emergency transportation."

These grants are part of more than $4 billion in the ARRA for state and local law enforcement and other criminal and juvenile justice activities. These funds will provide $348,230 for Compensation Programs and $620,000 for Assistance Programs through DOJ’s Office of Justice Crime Victim Program. States are required to give priority to programs serving victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and child abuse.

Congressman Rahall regularly supports Department of Justice grant programs like the Crime Victims Fund to make sure that law enforcement in southern West Virginia is able to respond more quickly to problems that arise.

"Programs supported by the Crime Victims Fund go a long way in making sure that members of our communities aren’t left out in the dark in the wake of a crime. We must work together to help ensure people’s safety in southern West Virginia," said Rahall.

Rachael Berkey