Guam – The U.S. Department of Justice has given more than $518-thousand dollars in grants to 3 organizations servicing Guam to help prevent violence against women.
* Elim Pacific Ministries has received $300-thousand to provide assistance to victims of sexual assault, domestic violence and dating violence.
* The Guam Housing Coalition Against Sexual Assault and Family Violence got a grant of $197,724. The money is to be used to coordinate victim services.
* The Governor’s Office got a grant of $20,841 to support rape crisis centers and other non-profit nongovernmental organizations that provide service to victims of sexual assault.
In a release announcing the grant awards, Congresswoman Madeleine Bordallo states the grants are a direct result of the Violence Against Women Act passed 18 years ago.
“As we celebrate 18 years of important reforms enacted to protect women and children from domestic and sexual assault, this anniversary also serves as a reminder that more needs to be done to protect victims of these violent crimes” says Bordallo.
READ the release from Congresswoman in FULL Bordallo below:
Bordallo Celebrates the 18th Anniversary of the Passage of the Violence Against Women Act
U.S. Department of Justice Awards Guam $518,565 to Support VAWA Efforts
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – September 14, 2012 – Washington, D.C. –
Congresswoman Madeleine Z. Bordallo today announced that the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office on Violence Against Women has awarded Guam three grants totaling $518,565 to support victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking. The grants, awarded to Elim Pacific Ministries, the Guam Coalition Against Sexual Assault and Family Violence, and the Office of the Governor, were authorized by the Violence Against Women and Department of Justice Reauthorization Act of 2005 (VAWA 2005)
• Elim Pacific Ministries was awarded $300,000 through the Transitional Housing Assistance Grant Program. The funds will be used to provide assistance to victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking who are homeless, or in need of transitional housing or short-term housing assistance and supportive services; and for whom emergency shelter services are unavailable or insufficient.
• The Guam Coalition Against Sexual Assault and Family Violence was awarded $197,724 through the State Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Coalitions Program. This grant program supports state coalition efforts to coordinate victim services within their state as well as collaborate with other federal, state and local entities to respond to violence against women issues affecting their jurisdictions.
• The Office of the Governor was awarded $20,841 through the Sexual Assault Services Program (SASP). The SASP Formula Program assists states and territories in supporting rape crisis centers and other nonprofit, nongovernmental organizations that provide core services, direct intervention, and related assistance to victims of sexual assault.
“These funds were awarded as a direct result of the Violence Against Women Act, a landmark piece of legislation that has provided critical support to women on Guam and throughout the country. As we celebrate 18 years of important reforms enacted to protect women and children from domestic and sexual assault, this anniversary also serves as a reminder that more needs to be done to protect victims of these violent crimes,” said Congresswoman Bordallo. “Earlier this year, the Senate passed a bill to strengthen VAWA. House Republicans, however, passed their version which excludes Senate provisions to provide additional support to students on college campuses, Native women, and the LGBT community; further, their bill would roll back existing protections for immigrant women.
“Although partisan gridlock continues to define this Congress, it is important that the House and Senate reconcile this bill to reauthorize VAWA for an additional five years. I will continue to work with my colleagues to ensure that victims of these violent crimes have the support services they need and a place of refuge. ”