Office of the Attorney General
Attorney General Conway Announces Recipients of Victim Advocate Grants
Attorney General Jack Conway today announced that seven Kentucky organizations are recipients of this year’s victim advocate grants. Each agency will receive $28,000 to help fund the salary and other related employment costs for a legal advocate.
“I am pleased that even in difficult budget times we can provide funding from this office to help provide victim advocates in communities across the Commonwealth,” General Conway said. “These advocates provide support and guidance for victims as they make their way through a legal process that can be lengthy, emotionally challenging and difficult to understand.”
In previous years, the office had allocated $440,000 in grants to completely fund the salaries and benefits for selected victim advocates. This year, because of cuts to the Office of the Attorney General’s budget, $200,000 was made available to help agencies pay the salaries of advocates and the office instituted a new competitive grants process.
|Advocacy and Support
|Barren River Area Safe Space
||Bowling Green |
|The Center for Women and Families
|Letcher County Sheriff
|Regional Victim Services – The Adanta Group
Legal victim advocates provide the following services:
- Accompany victims to meetings with law-enforcement officers or prosecutors and attend court procedures;
- Educate victims about the criminal justice system;
- Assist victims with writing victim impact statements;
- Refer victims to needed services; and
- Notify victims of upcoming court appearances or other significant events relating to the prosecution of cases.
The applicants were selected because of legal advocacy services they provide in one or more of the following categories: sexual assault, domestic violence, child victims, violent or serious crimes, and geographically underserved victims.