Violence Against Women grant nets $225 million in resources

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (KBSI)- October is Domestic Abuse Awareness Month and Leslie Washington with “Moms Demand Action” spoke to FOX23 News about some of the hardships she faced coming out of an abusive relationship, and the outreach of support she was able to obtain.

“It’s just great that I was able to have those resources. Cause a lot of women don’t have those types of resources. So, I was able to have those different types of resources and things like that. To come here and be safe and, you know, they helped me go to court and helped me with my ex parte’, and help me file for my divorce and you know stood by me through all of this.”

On the 28th anniversary of the Violence Against Women Act (Sept. 13), the Department of Justice announced that nearly $225 million in grants enhancing victim services and justice solutions for victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking.

The United States has transformed the way law enforcement, courts, prosecution, and service providers effectively address the needs of survivors.

President Joe Biden conducted a conference for the Women Against Violence Act when the funding was granted.

Funding has supported communities to implement policies and practices that protect and honor survivors.

In Cape Girardeau, the Safe House of Southeast Missouri offers to provide a safe refuge and support services to those affected by domestic abuse and violence.

Becky Holloway, a court advocate at Safe House of Southeast Missouri says, “We help people who are trying to flee abusive relationships.”

Providing training and education to increase awareness of and prevention of domestic violence is vital in the advancement of resources.

“I reached out to the Safe House, [and] I was able to come here, get on a Greyhound bus, and I obviously never looked back,” said Washington.

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