Community Works victim group receives $848,000

Community Works Victim Services has received two grants from the U.S. Department of Justice to increase services to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking.

The first grant is from the Rural Domestic Violence and Child Victimization Enforcement Grant Program. This grant provides $499,960 for two years for a rural outreach project.

The goals of this project are to develop cooperative efforts to serve rural domestic violence, stalking and sexual assault victims in Jackson County, and to educate residents to recognize signs of domestic violence, stalking and sexual assault and support women and their children in getting needed resources and safety.

Community Works will also conduct a major community awareness campaign throughout the county titled "What Do I Say "¦" to educate the public, businesses and faith-based organizations about domestic violence, stalking and sexual assault, help them better support victims and to increase awareness of resources for help including the local 24/7 crisis Helpline.

The second grant — $348,683 for three years — is from the U.S. Dept. of Justice Office on Violence Against Women's Transitional Housing Assistance Grant.

The grant will allow Community Works' Victim Services to offer transitional housing in the form of financial rental assistance for up to nine months to approximately 25 families over the grant period. Case management will also be provided to help families maintain housing and income.

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