US Attorney’s Office Announces $900,000 in Federal Grants to Charlotte-Based Service Provider and Advocacy Organization for Victims of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault | USAO-WDNC

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CHARLOTTE, North Carolina – U.S. Attorney Dena J. King today announced that $946,892 in federal grants has been awarded to Safe Alliance in Charlotte by the Department of Justice’s Office on Violence Against Women (OVW ), to expand access to legal services and improve the coordination of justice systems for victims of violence and sexual assault and their families.

OVW has awarded more than $35 million to grantees through the Legal Assistance for Victims (LAV) program, which focuses on the legal needs of survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence, violence in dating and harassment. Charlotte-based Safe Alliance, an organization that provides services and advocacy for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, has received $596,892 under the LAV Grant Program, to enhance its comprehensive direct legal services in the business related or arising out of such abuse or violence. Additionally, earlier this month, OVW’s Justice for Families program awarded more than $14 million to projects aimed at improving the civil and criminal justice systems’ response to families with histories of domestic violence. . Safe Alliance received a $350,000 grant through this program, which also supports supervised visitation and safe child exchange.

“The deployment of federal resources through grants is essential in our mission to support community organizations that combat gender-based violence and help victims, survivors, and their families recover and rebuild their lives. From improving access to legal services to improving the response of the civil and criminal justice systems, federal funding ensures continuity of services and expansion in areas that meet integral needs and unique challenges. faced by victims and survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault,” said U.S. Attorney King.

Karen Parker, President and CEO of Safe Alliance, said, “Safe Alliance is deeply grateful for our partnership with OVW and the U.S. Attorney’s Office to help victims of domestic violence build safer lives for themselves. and their children. Legal services and child support are two of the most requested services as survivors struggle to get out of an abusive relationship. These tools will help victims meet their immediate safety needs and ensure longer-term interventions to break the cycle of violence.

“Legal services and systems, including family courts, have a significant impact on the livelihoods, well-being and liberty of survivors and their families,” said OVW Acting Director , Allison Randall. “Meaningful representation for survivors is vital, but can be difficult to achieve in the aftermath of violence or when someone is still trying to find safety. Recipients of OVW’s Victim Legal Assistance and Family Justice programs help survivors navigate complicated processes and potentially dangerous points along the way, including supervised visitation, protective orders and the divorce.

The OVW plays a leadership role in developing the country’s capacity to reduce violence through the implementation of the Violence Against Women Act and subsequent legislation. Established in 1995, OVW administers financial and technical assistance to communities across the country that are developing programs, policies and practices to end domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and harassment. In addition to overseeing federal grant programs, OVW undertakes initiatives in response to special needs identified by communities facing acute challenges. Learn more about www.justice.gov/ovw.

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