Application period opens for crime victim program grant

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More than $45 million in grants for programs that help victims of violent crime is being made available through the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute, which announced Wednesday that grant applications will be accepted through July 1.

State, public and nonprofit organizations that serve crime victims may apply under ICJI guidelines for money from a grant pool that is more than twice as large as past years. In 2015, the institute distributed about $20 million in grants to 190 recipients under the federal Victims of Crime Act.   

While the institute encourages innovative programs that support crime victims, examples of organizations eligible to receive funding include domestic violence centers, rape crisis centers, child advocacy centers, women’s bureaus, family justice centers, community antiviolence centers, adult protective services, and hospitals providing on-call sexual assault nurse examiners.

The funding focuses on efforts that respond to the emotional and physical needs of crime victims, assist in the stabilization of primary and secondary victims following victimization, provide victims direction in understanding and participating in the criminal justice system, and provide victims with a measure of safety and security. Supported programs include those working to assist victims of crime in the areas of elder abuse, child abuse and neglect, adults victimized as children, domestic violence, sexual assault, violent crimes, robbery, economic exploitation, and fraud.

More information about Indiana’s resources available to assist victims of crime is available here. More information about the grants is available here.

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