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Dinniman Announces $250K to Combat Crime, Support Victims
WEST CHESTER (September 12, 2018)– State Senator Andy Dinniman announced today that the Crime Victims Center of Chester County, the Domestic Violence Center of Chester County, and the Chester County District Attorney’s office will receive $250,000 in total funding to support and enhance services for victims.
The funding, which comes through the Federal Violence Against Women Act, was approved today by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD).
“Violent crime crosses all borders and boundaries, victimizing individuals from all walks of life. It is a scourge on our communities and one that we must address head-on in Chester County,” Dinniman said. “These funds will help strengthen the criminal justice system’s response to violence against women and support and expand vital services for victims and their families.”
The funds will be used to support the following:
- A domestic violence prosecutor in the district attorney’s office.
- A mobile counselor/art therapist, a victim advocate, and a bilingual victim advocate through the Crime Victims Center of Chester County
- An advocate trained in identifying high-risk victims and a social assistance caseworker from La Comunidad Hispana through the Domestic Violence Center of Chester County.
- A county-wide training for stakeholders.
PCCD approved a total of 30 applications statewide for an amount not to exceed a total of $7.5 million.