Archive for Thursday, October 22, 2009

District Court awards domestic violence grants

October 22, 2009

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.

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