TOPEKA — A Hays organization has been awarded more than $75,000 in grants to provide services for victims of crime, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt announced Wednesday.
Options: Domestic and Sexual Violence Services, Inc., was awarded grants to support the following programs:
• $30,000 to 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.
• $42,000 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.
• $3,200 start-up grant to develop protocols for providing comprehensive services for human trafficking victims and create community awareness.
“Organizations across Kansas do great work every day to support victims of crime,” Schmidt said. “We are proud to support these organizations through the victims services grant programs.”
The awards were made from the Human Trafficking Victim Assistance Fund, the Protection from Abuse Fund and the State Crime Victims’ Assistance Fund. The Human Trafficking Victim Assistance Fund is funded through fines, penalties, forfeitures and State General Fund appropriations. 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 more than $2.5 million in grants to local and state crime victim assistance organizations. More information on the grant programs and the full list of award recipients is available on the attorney general’s website at www.ag.ks.gov.