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Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen Awards Grants to Fund Services for Victims of Sexual Assault

More than 40 agencies awarded a total of more than $2 million in grant funds


MADISON — Attorney General J. B. Van Hollen and the Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ) -- Office of Crime Victim Services (OCVS) announced today the awarding of more than two-million dollars in Sexual Assault Victim Services (SAVS) grants in 2014.  The grants to 44 agencies fund services provided to victims of sexual assault throughout the state of Wisconsin.  A list of the agencies awarded grants is available here.


“Sadly, the services provided by these agencies are desperately needed,” Attorney General Van Hollen said.  “And those who work with victims I consider ‘unsung heroes’ in the criminal justice process as they often work quietly, behind the scenes providing essential resources and information to victims.  I’m pleased we’re able to support their much valued efforts in this way.”  


Enacted in 1993, SAVS is a state administered and funded program intended to foster the growth and expansion of comprehensive sexual assault programs throughout the state.  Previously funded by Part B of the Wisconsin Crime Victim/Witness Surcharge, beginning July 1, 2013, SAVS is now funded by General Purpose Revenue plus revenue from the Child Pornography Surcharge. The change was made in an effort to stabilize the grant’s funding. 


The goal of the SAVS grant program is to develop, expand, enhance, and/or support comprehensive sexual assault victim services so they are available to victims of sexual assault regardless of where they reside in the state.  Funding supports programs to provide 24-hour crisis response, personal advocacy, information and referral, support groups, accessible services, and community outreach and prevention services.