"No one person should be without the
help and support they need to recover from violence or abuse," said
Gov. Blagojevich. "It is important that we effectively distribute
the resources we have available to assist domestic violence and
sexual assault victims in Illinois, wherever they live or whatever
language they speak."
A number of obstacles, in addition to
language barriers, exist for victims living in rural communities.
Many are familiar with the law enforcement officers, court personnel
and individuals working in the criminal justice system and are
embarrassed to ask for help.
The Illinois Criminal Justice
Information Authority will provide a total of $662,310 in grants to
the Illinois Coalition Against Domestic Violence and the Illinois
Coalition Against Sexual Assault. The Illinois Coalition Against
Domestic Violence grant will support 21 programs that provide
domestic violence advocacy services geared toward Latino populations
and victims with chemical dependencies in several counties,
including Carroll, Peoria and Harrisburg. The Illinois Coalition
Against Sexual Assault will use its funds to support 26 programs in
predominately Latino and African-American communities in Chicago and
in rural communities in several counties, including Boone, Jasper
"These coalitions have a proven history
of successfully providing assistance and resources to domestic
violence and sexual assault victims across Illinois," said Lori G.
Levin, executive director of the Illinois Criminal Justice
Information Authority. "We will continue to support organizations
that are dedicated to assisting victims who wouldn't otherwise have
access to these types of services."
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The Illinois Coalition Against Sexual
Assault is a not-for-profit corporation of community-based sexual
assault crisis centers working together to end sexual violence. Each
center provides 24-hour crisis intervention services, counseling and
advocacy for victims of sexual assault. Centers also provide
prevention education programming across Illinois. Last year, the
coalition assisted about 1,500 victims and provided nearly 5,000
hours of counseling and advocacy services in underserved communities
The Illinois Coalition Against Domestic
Violence works to eliminate domestic abuse in Illinois, with a
primary focus on women and their children. The coalition provides
local services to the victims of domestic violence, including crisis
telephone counseling, temporary shelter for the victims and their
children, and assistance in obtaining community resources and
acquiring employment skills and work referrals. The coalition also
provides statewide training to service providers working with
domestic violence victims. The coalition served nearly 2,700 victims
and provided more than 16,000 hours of counseling and advocacy
services in underserved communities and populations last year.
The initiatives of the Illinois
Coalition Against Domestic Violence and the Illinois Coalition
Against Sexual Assault will be supported by U.S. Department of
Justice funding through the Violence Against Women Act. Funding from
the Violence Against Women Act has a two-year life span. Counties
and municipalities receiving program funding are required to provide
25 percent in local matching funds.
Criminal Justice Information Authority is the state agency
designated by the governor to administer Violence Against Women Act
funds awarded to Illinois.
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