Grants to help family abuse victims

Virginia residents will benefit from $135,000 in formula grants for victims of family violence, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Children and Families announced on Thursday.

The Family Violence Prevention and Services Act grants awarded $94.5 million to 56 states and territories to fund and manage local domestic violence programs.

State and territorial formula grants make up 70 percent of FVPSA appropriations and are distributed based on a minimum award of $600,000. Remaining funds are allotted to each state through a population-based formula. Another $13.5 million has been awarded to domestic violence victims and organizations, and grantees will each receive $241,000.

Funds reach almost 1,600 domestic violence shelters and more than 1,300 non-residential service sites, providing a safe haven and an array of supportive services to intervene in and prevent abuse.

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