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Press Release Baker-Polito Administration Awards $2.6 Million in Violence Against Women Act Funding

For immediate release:
10/26/2015
  • Governor Charlie Baker | Lt. Governor Karyn Polito
  • Governor's Council to Address Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence
  • Dan Bennett, EOPSS Secretary

Media Contact for Baker-Polito Administration Awards $2.6 Million in Violence Against Women Act Funding

William Pitman

BOSTON — Today, Governor Charlie Baker, Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito and Secretary of Public Safety Daniel Bennett announced 41 grants totaling nearly $2.6 million that have been awarded to community-based organizations, police departments, and state agencies through the Violence Against Women Act, Services Training Officers Prosecutors (VAWA STOP) program.

The awards follow the Baker-Polito Administration’s decision earlier this year to re-launch the Governor’s Council on Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence.

“The Violence Against Women Act allows for innovative and collaborative approaches to address the crimes of domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence, and stalking,” said Governor Baker. “We are proud to provide these awards to entities that have demonstrated expertise and results in their respective program areas across the Commonwealth.”

“Community-based agencies, police departments, and state agencies know what works best for programs in their communities,” said Lieutenant Governor and Council Chair Karyn Polito. “These grants will support organizations that offer support to survivors, hold offenders accountable, and prevent domestic and sexual violence throughout the Commonwealth.”

“These grants offer strong support for our community-based agencies, police departments and state agencies to provide financial assistance to develop and strengthen law enforcement, prosecution strategies, and victim services in domestic violence and sexual assault cases,” said Secretary Bennett. 

This program is offered by the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security, Office of Grants and Research (OGR).
 

Category of Funding Grant Recipient FY15 Recommended Award Project Description

 

 

 
 
Courts Executive Office of the Trial Court $141,488.79 Training for judges, clerks of court, probation officers, and all other appropriate court personnel

 

 

 
 
  Category Total $141,488.79  

 

 

 
 
Discretionary Massachusetts Office for Victim Assistance $14,718.00 SAFEPLAN court advocacy for 209A and 258E orders
Discretionary Finex House $42,649.00 Services for trafficked victims
Discretionary Gay Men's Domestic Violence Project $39,243.00 Mental health clinician to provide counseling services
Discretionary Massachusetts Alliance of Portuguese Speakers (MAPS) $40,714.50 Culturally competent services to Portuguese-& Cape Verdean Creole-speaking victims
Discretionary Our Deaf Survivors Center $39,243.00 Direct advocacy services to Deaf survivors
Discretionary Refugee and Immigrant Assistance Center $43,618.08 Direct services, and training and technical assistance to providers working with Muslim/African victims
Discretionary Womanshelter/Companeras $36,888.60 Direct services

 

 

 
 
  Category Total $257,074.18  

 

 

 
 
Discretionary (PREA Penalty) Massachusetts Department of Correction $132,780.60 Sexual assault victim services to inmates

 

 

 
 
  Category Total $132,780.60  

 

 

 
 
Prosecution Bristol County District Attorney's Office $116,351.25 Victim Witness Advocates
Prosecution Massachusetts Department of Public Health $119,480.00 SANE forensic nursing services
Prosecution Massachusetts District Attorneys Association $109,930.88 Statewide prosecutor training
Prosecution Norfolk County District Attorney's Office $109,277.90 Specialized Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Prosecutors
Prosecution Northwestern District Attorney's Office $104,269.36 Immediate law enforcement and advocacy response for victims
Prosecution Worcester County District Attorney's Office $99,264.41 Prosecutor and victim witness advocate team

 

 

 
 
  Category Total $658,573.80  

 

 

 
 
Law Enforcement Adams Police Department $18,404.07 Civilian Police Advocate
Law Enforcement Assumption College Police Department $20,148.75

Civilian Police Advocate

Sexual Assault Support Program

Law Enforcement Bedford Police Department $34,319.14 Civilian Police Advocate
Law Enforcement Boston Police Department $53,730.00 Civilian Police Advocate
Law Enforcement Behavioral Health Network $26,865.00 Civilian Police Advocate
Law Enforcement Chelsea Police Department $24,268.05

Civilian Police Advocate

Detective Investigation Overtime

Law Enforcement City of Worcester $48,488.25 Partnership between PD and YWCA advocates
Law Enforcement Dove, Inc. $66,398.25 Civilian Police Advocates
Law Enforcement Fitchburg Police Department $44,775.00 Civilian Police Advocate
Law Enforcement Mashpee Police Department $28,656.00 Civilian Police Advocate
Law Enforcement Massachusetts Department of Public Health $113,951.84 SANE forensic nursing services
Law Enforcement Oak Bluffs Police Department $17,793.59 Civilian Police Advocate
Law Enforcement Pittsfield Police Department $38,506.50 Civilian Police Advocate
Law Enforcement Salisbury Police Department $37,563.30 Partnership between PD and Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center
Law Enforcement Springfield Police Department $57,312.00 Civilian Police Advocates
Law Enforcement Stanley Street Treatment and Resources, Inc. $26,865.00 Civilian Police Advocate

 

 

 
 
  Category Total $658,044.74  

 

 

 
 
Victim Services Boston Area Rape Crisis Center $39,846.65 Increase survivors’ access to accurate forensic information: hotline/website/training
Victim Services Boston Medical Center - Domestic Violence Program $67,506.62 Multi-lingual direct advocacy services
Victim Services Community Legal Aid $62,774.40 Legal services
Victim Services Community Legal Services & Counseling Center $40,419.07

 

 

Legal services

 

Victim Services Elizabeth Freeman Center $31,597.45 Trauma informed services for homeless/battered victims
Victim Services Independence House, Inc. $62,774.40 Crisis intervention, safety planning, advocacy, group and individual counseling
Victim Services Jewish Family & Children's Services $23,587.68 Advocacy Russian-speaking victims while conducting trainings for community partners and law enforcement
Victim Services Massachusetts Office for Victim Assistance $144,864.00 SAFEPLAN court advocacy for 209A and 258E orders.
Victim Services Pathways for Change, Inc. $90,462.74 Direct services to survivors of sexual violence who are deaf, hard of hearing, late deafened, and deaf/blind
Victim Services Safe Passage, Inc. $91,747.20 Counseling, advocacy, and legal assistance for Latina/immigrant survivors
Victim Services The Network/La Red $62,774.40 Outreach, education and training to improve systems and community responses to LGBQ/T survivors
Victim Services YWCA of Greater Lawrence $33,147.14 Supports sexual assault survivors ages 12-24
  Category Total $751,501.76  

 

 

 
 
  Total Amount to Be Awarded (all categories) $2,599,463.86  

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Media Contact for Baker-Polito Administration Awards $2.6 Million in Violence Against Women Act Funding

Office of Governor Charlie Baker and Lt. Governor Karyn Polito 

Governor Charlie Baker, Lt. Governor Karyn Polito, and members of their administration are committed to making Massachusetts the best place to live, work, and raise a family.

Governor's Council to Address Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence 

The Governor’s Council to Address Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence works to enact best practices to combat issues of sexual assault and domestic violence in order to keep Massachusetts residents safe.

Executive Office of Public Safety and Security 

EOPSS is responsible for the policy development and budgetary oversight of its secretariat agencies, independent programs, and several boards which aid in crime prevention, homeland security preparedness, and ensuring the safety of residents and visitors in the Commonwealth.

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