Governor Hogan Announces $10 Million in Grants for Crime Victims
Governor Larry Hogan announced on Monday that more than $10 million in federal grants will be awarded to state and local agencies and nonprofit organizations that provide services and treatment for citizens who have been victims of crime.
The federal Victim of Crime Assistance Program funds the grants, which are administered by the Governor’s Office of Crime Control & Prevention. The funds support services, including, counseling, crisis intervention, temporary housing, and advocacy.
“One of our duties as citizens of this great state is to watch out for each other,” Governor Larry Hogan said. “I can think of no higher calling than to ensure that victims of crime are cared for with dignity and respect. Making sure they have access to the necessary services is essential to our goal of safe neighborhoods for every family in Maryland.”
Executive Director of the Governor’s Office of Crime Control & Prevention Christopher Shank share similar sentiments in a news release:
“Victims of crime often suffer for a long time,” Shank said. “The trauma of the crime itself can have far-reaching effects, leading to a sense of isolation and a loss of a sense of normalcy. As a state, we have a moral duty to reach out to crime victims, treat them with compassion, and offer them a full range of services to help them regain their footing and take the steps they need to heal after their trauma.”
A table of the Victim of Crime Assistance grants can be found here.