WASHINGTON – Representative Steve Stivers (R-OH) applauded the announcement of a nearly $5 million grant to the State of Ohio in order to combat violence against women.
The grant, awarded by the Department of Justice’s Office on Violence Against Women, empowers local communities to strengthen law enforcement and prosecution strategies and to enhance services available to survivors of these crimes.
“It makes me sick that grants like this are even necessary, but I am glad that Ohio will have the funds it needs to punish those who perpetrate these heinous crimes and provide support to courageous survivors,” Stivers said. “This is an incredibly important program that makes our communities safer and stronger, and I was proud to support it to get results for Ohio.”
In April, Representative Stivers voted in favor of the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act that funds these grants.
Under the STOP Violence Against Women grant program, half of the funds will be dedicated to strengthening law enforcement programs and prosecutions, and one third will be used to bolster services for survivors. In particular, ten percent of funds must be directed to community-based programs dedicated to serving specific vulnerable populations.