Governor Laura Kelly today announced that more than $22 million will be awarded to nearly 80 organizations through the Federal Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) Victim Assistance and the Federal State Access and Visitation Program grant awards.

“I know these organizations will continue to provide essential care for the Kansans who rely on these services,” Governor Laura Kelly said. “My administration will continue leveraging every resource and seeking opportunities to prioritize and support crime victims.” 

Eligible organizations for VOCA funding include, but are not limited to, sexual assault and rape crisis centers, domestic violence programs and shelters, child abuse programs, centers for missing children, mental health services, community and faith-based organizations, Tribes, and other community-based victim coalitions and support organizations that provide services directly to crime victims.

Direct services available to crime victims and survivors include crisis counseling, phone and onsite information and referrals, criminal justice support and advocacy, shelter, transportation, transitional housing, and mental health services.

The award recipients provide these services in response to the emotional, psychological, or physical needs of crime victims and survivors. VOCA funds help crime victims and survivors stabilize their lives after a victimization; understand and participate in the criminal justice system; and restore a measure of security and safety to their daily lives.

A total $22,030,829 was awarded to 66 agencies:

The Federal State Access and Visitation Program grant funds are available to eligible organizations that provide supervised child exchange or visitation services and assistance to children and families.  Assistance and services include on-site supervision, exchange monitoring, therapeutic supervision, recording observations of visits, referrals to other services, and educational parenting classes.

A total $95,00 was awarded to 10 agencies: