West Virginia’s three Democrats in Congress announced $1,189,826 Monday in federal funding for the state to combat violent crimes against women.
Funds will be channeled through the Services, Training, Officers, Prosecutors (STOP) grant program, which encourages victim-centered law enforcement, prosecution and court strategies to deal with such offenses.
The program was created under the Violence Against Women Act and is administered by the Department of Justice.
“This funding helps to rebuild the lives of victims of domestic violence and provides the dignity of a safer environment in which they can move forward,” Rep. Nick Rahall, D-W.Va., said.
“Every woman assisted and every offender who is met with justice under this program increases the worth of this federal investment.”
Sen. Jay Rockefeller, also D-W.Va., said the grants and other programs covered under the act are vital.
“West Virginia has seen far too many domestic violence-related tragedies this year, which underscores the need for programs like this for all of us to continue working to end these abuses,” he said.
Sen. Joe Manchin, also D-W.Va., said he is part of a bi-partisan effort to ensure a program this year to combat violence against women.
“This law is the single most critical piece of federal legislation affecting the safety of survivors of domestic violence and their children in every county of West Virginia,” the senator added.