Leahy Announces A Record $13.4 Million In Federal Funding For Vermont Organizations Supporting Victim Service Programs

. . . Increases in Leahy-negotiated omnibus spending bill result in $6 million boost for Vermont organizations

U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) announced Tuesday that Vermont organizations will receive 15 grants totaling nearly $13.4 million from the U.S. Department of Justice to support crime victims and to strengthen services for survivors of domestic and sexual violence.

The $13.4 million in fiscal year 2018 funding represents a $6 million increase in funding for crime victims, including survivors of domestic and sexual violence, over fiscal year 2017 levels.  As Vice Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Leahy negotiated substantial increases for key domestic priorities in the fiscal year 2018 omnibus appropriations package.  A former prosecutor, Leahy has long championed victims through his efforts to protect funding for the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) and the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA), the two federal programs that provide direct support to victims.  Leahy led the Senate as the chief author and sponsor of legislation reauthorizing VAWA in 2013, which for the first time extended domestic violence protections to LGBT and tribal victims and made other improvements to the law.  In 2015 he helped raise the cap on the Crime Victims Fund to make states eligible for more funding.

Leahy said:  “Many of the most tragic crime scenes that I responded to as a State’s Attorney were domestic violence cases.  The extra funding that I secured to support victims will allow the highly effective network of organizations in Vermont to expand their services.  The disturbing reality is that half of all homicides in Vermont are related to domestic violence.  We must move beyond just words and continue to funnel real resources to support victims of crime and to help end the violence that tears at the fabric of all our communities.”

This summer Leahy guided the fiscal year 2019 Senate Commerce, Justice and Science Appropriations bill through the Senate Appropriations Committee, and it now awaits action on the Senate floor.  The bill includes $497.5 million for the Violence Against Women Act, a $5.5 million increase over FY18 levels and the highest level of funding ever provided for VAWA programs administered by the Department of Justice.  That bill also includes a $2 million increase for a Leahy-authored rural grants program that delivers funds specifically to rural states such as Vermont. 

FY 2018 U.S. Department of Justice Grants to Vermont:

Vermont Department of Public Safety

FY 18 Enhanced Collaborative Model to Combat Human Trafficking Program

$             535,000.00

Hope Works, Inc.


FY 2018 Specialized Services for Victims of Human Trafficking

$             500,000.00

Vermont Center for Crime Victim Services

FY 2018 Enhanced Collaborative Model Task Force to Combat Human Trafficking

$             664,632.00

Vermont Office of the Attorney General

FY 18 Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force Invited Applicants

$             256,140.00

Vermont Center for Crime Victim Services

FY 2018 Discretionary Training and Technical Assistance Program for VOCA Victim Assistance Grantees

$               70,473.00

Champlain Valley OEO/Voices Against Violence St. Albans

Transitional Housing Assistance Program


$             415,243.00

Womensafe, Inc. Middlebury

Rural Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence and Stalking Program

$             746,132.00

Vermont Center for Crime Victim Services

STOP Violence Against Women Formula Grant Program

$             834,433.00

Vermont Center for Crime Victim Services

SASP Formula Program

$             368,817.00

Vermont Network Against Domestic and Sexual Violence

Legal Assistance for Victims Grant Program

$             800,000.00

Circle, Inc.


Improving Criminal Justice Responses Program

$             449,568.00

Hope Works, Inc.


Improving Criminal Justice Responses Program

$             450,000.00

Vermont Center for Crime Victim Services

FY 18 VOCA Victim Assistance

$          6,748,807.00

Vermont Center for Crime Victim Services

FY 18 VOCA Victim Compensation

$             154,000.00

CVOEO/Voices Against Violence

St. Albans

Justice for Families Program

$           361,565.00




Total awarded amount:

$        13,354,810.00

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