COLUMBUS, Ohio (WDTN) – The Ohio Attorney General announced Friday he is awarding $79.5 million to 356 crime victim service providers across Ohio as part of the “Ohio Attorney General’s Expanding Services and Empowering Victims Initiative.”
The initiative was created in 2015 to by Mike DeWine to determine how grant funds could best be spent to serve victims of crime in Ohio.
Of the $79.5 million in grants announced Friday, an estimated $25 million will go toward providing services to domestic violence victims, approximately $20 million will go toward serving victims of sexual assault, and more than $14 million will go toward services for abused children.
Wright State University will receive $156,500 in funding to be used to develop a mobile app that will assist victims of sexual violence on their college campus, gain access to campus and community resources and offer assistance with accessing the justice system.
Additional funds will assist agencies that provide services to at-risk youth, victims with disabilities, and other victims that traditionally have not accessed victim services.
“In the aftermath of a crime, it’s critically important that victims have easy access to comprehensive care and services,” said Attorney General DeWine. “Through these grants, agencies throughout the state will be able to continue or even expand upon the ways they help victims of crime in Ohio.”
A list of agencies receiving the grants can be found on the Ohio Attorney General’s website.