POMEROY — The Meigs County Prosecutor’s Office is the recipient of more than $100,000 in grant funding for crime victim services.
A news release from Prosecutor Colleen Williams states that the county will receive $39,440.64 in grant funds for the year running from Oct. 1, 2016 to Sept. 30, 2017 from a federal grant through the Victims of Crime Act.
The Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) was passed into law in October 1984 and is not funded by taxpayer dollars. Those convicted of crimes pay into a reparation fund which is used for crime victim related services.
Additionally, $79,499.04 was awarded as part of the State Victims’ Assistance Act (SVAA). The SVAA was also signed into law in 1984. Funds for the state fund are acquired from money paid by those convicted of a crime.
Both grants require monthly and quarterly reports, including budget and line item expenditures, and statistics on crime related facts. This includes the type of crime, gender, age bracket, letters sent, phone contacts made and any other services provided.
The grants are processed through the Meigs County Treasurer’s Office and Auditor’s Office.
VOCA is a monthly reimbursement from the state to the county for purchases made, while the SVAA is a quarterly sum of money sent to the county to cover employee wages.
In 2015, the Meigs County Victim Assistance Program worked with 525 victims of crime.
The Meigs County Victim Services Office currently has two full-time employees and has been approved by the Attorney General’s Office grant evaluators to hire an additional part-time person to work with victims of crime. Those interested may submit resumes to 117 W. Second Street, Pomeroy, Ohio 45769.
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