TOPEKA — A Hays organization has been awarded more than $55,000 in grants to provide services for victims of crime, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt announced today.

Options: Domestic and Sexual Violence Services Inc. was awarded grants to support the following programs:

• $25,000 to support the Transition Services Project, which will provide survivor-centered services to those experiencing domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking or trafficking. The project will focus on issues related to employment, housing and financial barriers with clients, and building collaboration with community partners to ensure access for the survivors.

• $30,740 to strengthen management and administration, and support capacity building within the agency in order to provide high-quality, client-centered care to victims and survivors of domestic and sexual violence.

“Organizations across our state do great work to support thousands of crime victims each year,” Schmidt said. “We are proud to support the work of these organizations through the victims services grant programs.”

The awards were made from the Protection from Abuse Fund and State Crime Victims’ Assistance Fund. The Protection from Abuse Fund is funded by State General Fund appropriations, marriage license fees, county court costs and municipal court assessments. The State Crime Victims’ Assistance Fund is funded though the remittance of applicable fines, penalties and forfeitures from clerks of the district courts.

This year, the attorney general’s office awarded nearly $2.2 million in grants to local and state crime victim assistance organizations.