Governor Kelly Announces more than $6.4 Million in Grants for Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Programs, Children’s Advocacy Centers in Kansas

Governor Laura Kelly announced the 2020 State General Fund Grant Programs funding awards for Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Programs and Children’s Advocacy Centers.

“These services are oftentimes life-saving,” Kelly said. “From issues of domestic violence to children’s advocacy, it’s important that we provide the resources these important organizations and their staff members need to keep Kansans and our communities safe.”

In all, more than $6.4 million in grants were awarded to communities across Kansas.

Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Grant Awards
The Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault funds support the enhancement and expansion of sexual and domestic violence programs. The funds are used for support services, outreach and training for community-based programs located in large and small communities across Kansas. These programs provide services 24 hours a day, seven days a week, including emergency safe shelter, crisis hotline calls and crisis intervention, on-going counseling and support, and advocacy to help victims increase safety for themselves and their families. These services for victims and survivors and their families are life-saving and assist them in transforming their lives.

The funds also are used to leverage federal funds to help expand services and improve responses across the state. Without these funds, millions of federal dollars would not be available to help these vulnerable families or to increase safety in Kansas communities.

2020 SGF for Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Grant Awards
County, Organization Name, Grant Award
Allen, Hope Unlimited $152,625
Barton, Family Crisis Center, Inc. $257,210
Butler, Family Life Center $95,625
Crawford, Safehouse Crisis Center $253,004
Douglas, The Sexual Trauma and Abuse Care Center $127,875
Douglas, The Willow Domestic Violence Center $233,342
Ellis, Options: Domestic & Sexual Violence Services $220,144
Finney, Family Crisis Services $127,126
Ford, Crisis Center of Dodge City $75,157
Harvey, Harvey Co. Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Task Force $251,271
Johnson, SAFEHOME $276,097
Leavenworth, Alliance Against Family Violence $88,971
Lyon, SOS $244,783
Reno, BrightHouse $146,276
Riley, Crisis Center $391,604
Saline, Domestic Violence Association of Central Kansas $381,950
Sedgwick, Catholic Charities, Harbor House $192,661
Sedgwick, StepStone $72,991
Sedgwick, Wichita Area Sexual Assault Center $299,762
Sedgwick, Wichita Family Crisis Center $214,856
Seward, Liberal Area Rape Crisis/Domestic Violence Services $191,732
Shawnee, Kansas Coalition Against Sexual & Domestic Violence $412,531
Shawnee, YWCA Center for Safety & Empowerment $251,747
Wyandotte, Friends of Yates $376,263
Wyandotte, Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault $180,610
TOTAL $5,516,213

Children’s Advocacy Centers in Kansas Grant Awards
The Children’s Advocacy Centers (CAC) are child-focused, community-oriented programs coordinating investigation and intervention services for abused children by bringing together professionals and agencies in a comprehensive, multi-disciplinary model. The CAC model of collaboration is designed to ensure children are not revictimized by the systems designed to protect them by creating cohesion among professionals representing investigation, advocacy, medical, prosecution and treatment. This team approach results in a more collaborative and efficient investigative process. The unique model is designed to protect children and bring enhanced accountability to the system, increasing the opportunity for children to begin the healing process.

The CAC grant program provides funding to hire and train staff to provide sexual and physical abuse victims with child-sensitive forensic interviews; advocacy services for victims and non-offending caregivers; and coordinate multi-disciplinary case review teams and efforts across systems to enhance services.

2020 Children’s Advocacy Centers Grant Awards
County, Organization Name, Grant Award
Allen, Hope Unlimited $50,500
Barton, Family Crisis Center $62,938
Butler, Sunlight Child Advocacy Center $49,083
Cloud, North Central Kansas CASA $14,346
Crawford, Children’s Advocacy Center $43,861
Ford, Meadowlark House Child Advocacy Center $33,796
Harvey, Heart to Heart $48,237
Johnson, Sunflower House $116,238
Leavenworth, First Judicial District CASA Association $42,976
Lyon, SOS $50,290
Reno, Horizons Mental Health Center $67,304
Riley, Sunflower CASA Project $35,613
Saline, Child Advocacy and Parenting Services $38,990
Scott, Western Kansas Child Advocacy Center $49,095
Sedgwick, Children’s Advocacy Centers of Kansas $60,253
Sedgwick, Child Advocacy Center of Sedgwick County $116,023
Shawnee, LifeHouse Child Advocacy Center $61,195
TOTAL $940,738