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Awards Provide Special Prosecutors to Address Crimes of Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Stalking
MADISON — Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen and the Wisconsin Department of Justice Office of Crime Victim Services announced today awards to five counties to improve their ability to successfully prosecute the crimes of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking. The funds are part of the Wisconsin STOP Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) formula grant program administered by the Department of Justice Office of Crime Victim services.
The following counties are receiving continuing awards: Outagamie County, ($61,250); Milwaukee County, ($125,493); and Marathon County, ($60,750). New project awards are going to Brown County, ($41,453) and Dane County, ($44,863).
The purpose of the Specialized Prosecution grant program is to further the ability of district attorneys to hold perpetrators of violent crimes against women, such as domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking, accountable while supporting victims in their participation in the justice system.
“Violence against women will not be tolerated, and these grants are designed to improve the public safety and criminal justice community’s response to these horrific crimes by ensuring justice is served and victims are given the resources to heal and to move forward,” Attorney General Van Hollen said.
Some of the special initiatives in the funded projects include: a “Fast Track” program for first offenders in Outagamie County; assistant district attorneys specializing in the prosecution of crimes of violence against women in Milwaukee, Marathon, Outagamie and Brown; a sexual assault victim witness specialist in Milwaukee County; new efforts to develop protocols and practices to strengthen the prosecution of domestic violence crimes in Brown County and a new approach to the support of assistant district attorneys in Dane County.
Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) funds are awarded to the Wisconsin Department of Justice by the U.S. Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women. The Specialized Prosecution grants announced were selected from a competitive application process. The grants will run for two years with an interim review of progress after the first year.