RI agencies receive $1.1 million in federal grants to support survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence


PROVIDENCE — Rhode Island will receive $1.1 million in federal funding to support two agencies that provide services to survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence, members of the state’s congressional delegation announced Tuesday.

“Survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence face immense challenges and this federal funding will help those who have gone through a traumatic crisis get the help they need to be safe and rebuild their lives,” said Sen. Jack Reed, DR. .I. “From providing victims with counseling and legal services to safe, temporary housing, this federal funding is helping to make a meaningful difference for survivors of domestic and sexual violence.

The Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence has received a $550,000 federal grant through the Justice for Families Program to help provide targeted services to families impacted by sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and sexual assault. harassment, as well as in cases involving allegations of child sexual abuse.

“We are extremely fortunate to receive this critical funding that will better protect the safety of Rhode Islanders impacted by abuse and harassment, especially underserved and high-risk communities for interpersonal violence, including communities of color, immigrants and members of the LGBTQIA+ community,” said Lucy Rios, executive director of the Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

The RI Department of Public Safety has received $546,294 through the Sexual Assault Services Grant Program, which provides dedicated funding to support rape crisis centers and organizations that provide sexual assault services. services, direct intervention and related assistance to victims of sexual violence and to non-offending family and household members of victims, as well as those collaterally affected by the sexual assault.

“Survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence do an incredible job of reclaiming their lives after traumatic experiences. The recovery process sometimes includes setbacks, but the lack of targeted community services should never be part of it,” said U.S. Representative James R. Langevin, DR.I. “I am confident that the Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence and the Rhode Island Department of Public Safety will help them do just that.”

Both grants are administered by the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office on Violence Against Women and were funded through the Fiscal Year 2022 Appropriations Act.

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