District Court awards domestic violence grants
The Johnson County agencies providing services and programs on domestic violence have received grant awards totaling more than $18,000 for th 10th Judicial District Court.
The grant funding stems from a special fee assessed in domestic violence cases. The Kansas Legislature authorized the fee in 2001 with a statute that allows judges the option to fine offenders $100 as a requirement of probation.
Agencies working with the Johnson County court system on domestic violence can apply for the grants annually.
Chief Judge Stephen Tatum with a committee of judges working on domestic violence cases awarded the grants to:
• SAFEHOMES, $8,000, to help pay for the manager of the agency’s volunteer victim advocates assigned to the Johnson County Courthouse.
• 10th District Court Services, $6,000, to provide Child in Need of Care medication for families affected by domestic violence.
• Community Violence Action Program, $4,200, to assist in agency-sponsored training events.
Funding from the Domestic Violence Special Program also covers the cost of a part-time domestic violence bond supervision officer and offsets the salary of an administrative assistant to the Domestic Violence Magistrate Court.