Programs aimed to prevent violence against women toreceive Cuyahoga County support
(Plain Press, April 2018) The Cuyahoga County Department of Public Safety and Justice Services (PSJS) obtained a grant award from the Ohio Department of Public Safety and Justice Services/Office of Criminal Justice Services in the amount of $490,537.68 for the STOP Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), a federally mandated program that is implemented by the Office on Violence Against Women (OVW). Funding from the VAWA goes to support local law enforcement, non-profit organizations and community awareness by providing the resources needed to assist victims of abuse.
“We are committed to funding local projects that strengthen effective law enforcement, prosecution strategies and services to combat crimes against women,” said County Executive Armond Budish. “The STOP Violence Against Women Act has helped many of our residents in need, and we are proud to take part in this important initiative.”
The Cuyahoga County Department of Public Safety is the Regional Planning Unit (RPU) that manages and allocates the funds that are awarded through the State of Ohio’s Office of Criminal Justice Services.
Recipients of funding for 2018 include: • City of Cleveland – provides enforcement efforts by having dedicated units within the police department who specialize in domestic violence and sexual assault cases. • Bedford Municipal Court – provides domestic violence advocacy and resource referrals to those within the community. • Domestic Violence and Child Advocacy Center Latina Project – provides services such as shelter, legal advocacy and counseling to victims within the Hispanic community. • Cleveland Rape Crises Center – provides specialized crisis trauma and intervention to victims of sexual abuse. •Jewish Family Services Association – provides resources such as medical care, mental health and counseling to victims who have been or are in abusive situations.
Funding for these services have helped over 14,000 victims in Cuyahoga County in the past three years.