WEST CHESTER (September 13, 2019) –The Domestic Violence Center of Chester County will receive more than $200,000 in state grant funding to support important services for victims of domestic violence and crime, state Senator Andy Dinniman announced today.

The funding was recently approved by the Pennsylvania Commission of Crime and Delinquency (PCCD) and comes through the federal Victims of Crime Act (VOCA).

“No community is immune to crime and domestic violence. These funds will go to supporting those impacted by domestic violence in our region as they pursue the road to justice and recovery,” Dinniman said. “I want to thank the Domestic Violence Center of Chester County, their staff, volunteers, patrons, and supporters for all their work in assisting so many victims and their families.”

All states receive VOCA funds to help support local victim assistance and compensation programs. In Pennsylvania, they are distributed through a special PCCD committee.

VOCA funds may only be used to provide direct services to crime victims. The services must respond to the emotional, psychological, or physical needs of crime victims, assist victims in stabilizing their lives after victimization, assist victims to understand and participate in the criminal and juvenile justice process, or restore a measure of security and safety for the crime victims.