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Lotus, Merryman House Get $2 Million VOCA Grants
By West Kentucky Star Staff
PADUCAH - Governor Andy Beshear's office has announced over $37 million in grants to crime victim service providers across Kentucky, including several in our area.

A Wednesday press release indicates 133 agencies received funding from the Kentucky Justice and Public Safety Cabinet from the Crime Victim's Fund, which is a program of the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA). 

Two of the largest grants were to Merryman House Domestic Violence Center and Lotus, both of Paducah. Both agencies  will get $2 million each. 

Gov. Andy Beshear said, "This funding is vital to these 133 programs that work tirelessly to respond to the emotional and physical needs of survivors and provide a much-deserved measure of safety and security."

Lori Wells Brown, Executive Director of Lotus, said, "Thanks to VOCA, Lotus is achieving unprecedented success in every aspect of our mission to support survivors, strengthen families and empower communities in ending child abuse and sexual violence. VOCA funding allows Lotus to not only improve safety, healing and justice for survivors but also to cultivate safe, equitable, just communities where all persons thrive."

Other regional agencies receiving funds include the McCracken County Commonwealth Attorney's Office, the 42nd Circuit Commonwealth Attorney's Office (Marshall and Calloway Counties), the Calloway County Attorney's Office, CASA by the Lakes (Murray), Child Watch Children's Advocacy Center, Christian County Attorney's Office, Graves County and Southwest KY CASA, Hickman County Attorney's Office, Marshall County Board of Education, and Pennyrile Children's Advocacy Center. 

Of the statewide grant funding, about $9.5 million will help to provide services to domestic violence and $8 million will go toward services for victims of sexual assault or human trafficking. About $9.2 million will go to Children's Advocacy Centers, Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) programs and agencies providing residential care and mental health services for child abuse victims.

An estimated $2.6 million will go to prosecutor-based programs providing advocacy services for victims of crime. Funding also will go to programs that serve victims with disabilities, elderly victims and other victims of crime.

On the Net:

2020 KY VOCA Awards List


Published 02:42 PM, Wednesday Oct. 14, 2020
Updated 07:35 AM, Thursday Oct. 15, 2020

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