Department of Justice awards more than $ 425,000 to State of Maine to help victims of sexual assault | USAO-ME

PORTLAND, Maine: The Justice Department’s Office Against Violence Against Women (OVW) has awarded $ 428,498 to the Maine Department of Health and Human Services to help victims of sexual assault, announced Acting US Attorney Donald E. Clark.

Nationally, the OVW is awarding 56 awards totaling $ 28.2 million under the Sexual Assault Formula of Service program for fiscal year 2021.

The Formula SAS program provides grants to states and territories to help them support rape relief centers (including out-of-territory rape relief centers and tribal government programs) and non-profit, non-governmental organizations that provide basic services, direct intervention and related assistance to victims of sexual assault, regardless of their age. The funds provided through the SAS Formula program are designed to complement other sources of funding aimed at addressing sexual assault at state and territorial levels. Rape crisis centers and other non-profit organizations, such as blended programs providing both domestic violence and sexual assault intervention services, play a critical role in helping victims of sexual assault throughout the healing process, as well as helping victims through medical, criminal and other procedures. social support systems.

For more information on the SAS Formula Program, please see this fact sheet.

The OVW plays a leading role in developing the country’s capacity to reduce violence through the implementation of the Violence Against Women Law and related laws. Established in 1995, the OVW administers financial and technical assistance to communities across the country that develop programs, policies and practices aimed at ending domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and child abuse. criminal harassment. In addition to overseeing federal grant programs, the OVW undertakes initiatives in response to specific needs identified by communities facing acute challenges. Learn more at www.justice.gov/ovw.

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