Governor Brian Kemp recently announced a significant increase in state funding for the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council’s Victim’s Services grant. This move comes in response to what Governor Kemp describes as the federal government’s failure to fulfill its promises to the people of Georgia, particularly in supporting victims of violent crime.
“While the Biden administration has made the unfortunate decision to shortchange victims of violent crime, Georgia is stepping up to fill this gap,” Governor Kemp stated. He emphasized the state’s commitment to providing the necessary support for those impacted by violent crimes.
The additional funding is set to bolster over 200 non-profit organizations and local government initiatives across Georgia. These entities play a crucial role in offering a wide range of services to crime victims. The programs benefiting from this increased support include:
- Domestic Violence Shelters and Community-Based Programs: These vital services offer refuge and assistance to those escaping domestic violence situations.
- Sexual Assault Centers: Providing crucial support to survivors of sexual assault, these centers are a cornerstone of victim assistance.
- Human Trafficking Programs: These initiatives are focused on rescuing and rehabilitating victims of human trafficking.
- Child Advocacy and Court-Appointed Special Advocates (CASA): These programs protect and advocate for the rights and well-being of children affected by crime.
- Culturally Specific Programs: Tailored to meet the needs of diverse communities, these programs ensure inclusive support for all victims.
- Hospital-Based Violence Intervention Programs: These initiatives work within healthcare settings to address and prevent the cycle of violence.
- Elder Abuse Programs: Focused on protecting the elderly from abuse and exploitation.
- Prosecution-Based Victim-Witness Assistance Programs: Ensuring that victims and witnesses receive the necessary support during legal proceedings.
Governor Kemp’s initiative reflects a comprehensive approach to victim support, addressing various forms of crime and their impacts on diverse groups within the state. The funding increase is a testament to Georgia’s commitment to creating a safer and more supportive environment for all its residents. As the state gears up to implement these enhanced measures, the focus remains on ensuring that every victim of crime in Georgia receives the support and assistance they need to heal and recover.