Guam -The Governor’s Office has received a $647,249 grant from the Department of Justice to help prevent violence against women.
The funds will be administered by the Governor’s Office and distributed to both GovGuam and non-profit agencies to help improve the services provided to women and children who are victims of sexual and domestic violence.
In making the announcement, Congresswoman Madeleine Bordallo said the funds “will also increase effective collaboration in responding to these violent crimes as well as hold offenders accountable for their actions.”
READ the release from Congresswoman Bordallo below:
U.S. Department of Justice Awards Violence Against Women Program $647,249 in Federal Financial Assistance
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – September 24, 2013 – Washington, D.C. –
Congresswoman Madeleine Z. Bordallo today announced the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) awarded the Government of Guam $647, 249 in federal financial assistance through the Office on Violence Against Women. These federal funds will be administered by the Office of the Governor and distributed to government and nonprofit stakeholders as part of the DOJ’s Services, Training, Officers, and Prosecutors (STOP) Violence Against Women Formula Grant Program.
H.R. 11, Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 was reintroduced in the House and assigned to a congressional committee on January 22, 2013. H.R. 11 has 168 Democratic cosponsors, including every Democratic woman in the House. The STOP Program aims to create, enhance, and develop victim services as well as provide effective victim-centered law enforcement, protection, and court strategies for cases involving violent crimes against women.
“The funds will assist the Government of Guam in improving the services provided to women and children who are victims of sexual and domestic violence,” said Congresswoman Bordallo. “These funds will also increase effective collaboration in responding to these violent crimes as well as hold offenders accountable for their actions. I look forward to its use by both the government and various non-profit organizations. Further, I will continue to advocate for similar programs and services so that all women and children will have continued access to these critical services to ensure that they are properly cared for and protected from their abusers.”
The Honorable Eddie Baza Calvo, Governor of Guam said: “Recent, high profile cases show Guam needs to do all it can to stop violence against women. Our island should be revering our mothers and daughters. Sometimes, however, we see more and more people treating them like slaves, hurting them – even killing them. This money will make sure these victims have caring people advocating for them everywhere they need it: in the community, the police department, the Attorney General’s Office, and the courts. These women have been through unimaginable situations – they deserve all the help they need in and out of the criminal justice system. I’m confident all these stakeholders will use this grant to help women who have suffered senselessly and punish those responsible for their crimes.”