Office of the Attorney General
Attorney General Conway Announces Victims Advocate Grants
Attorney General Jack Conway announced that his Office of Victims Advocacy is accepting applications for its FYI 2009 Victim Advocate Grant Program. Seven grants of up to $28,000 per agency will be awarded to qualified Kentucky applicants. The grants will fund the salary and other related employment costs for a legal advocate.
“Advocates are a shoulder to cry on and a rock to lean on for Kentucky crime victims, and I am pleased that we can provide funding from this office to help provide these advocates in communities across the Commonwealth,” General Conway said.
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.
Applicants must clearly demonstrate how legal advocacy is provided in one or more of the following categories: sexual assault, domestic violence, child victims, violent or serious crimes, and geographically underserved victims.
The deadline to apply for the grant is July 23, 2008. Applications are available online at www.ag.ky.gov. For more information about the grant program, please contact the Office of Victims Advocacy at (502) 696-5300.