Aiken County groups that help crime victims get $850,000 in grants

Aiken County groups that help crime victims are getting about $850,000 in federal and state grants through the state Attorney General’s Office.

 

The Cumbee Center to Assist Abused Persons will receive $361,330 to carry on its work of helping victims of child abuse and neglect and their families.

Helping Hands Inc., which provides a residential home for children and offers therapy and other life skills training, will get $293,787 to fund child advocates, an outreach advocate, therapist and equipment. It will also get $9,673 to provide dating violence intervention training for community advocates and victims.

The Child Advocacy Center of Aiken County will receive $71,707 to pay for a child advocate coordinator and $110,748 to help the agency manage intakes and provide therapy and counseling for children.

The total for all three comes to $847,245. Statewide, the grants total $38 million.

The grants are distributed by the South Carolina Crime Victim Services Division, which was added to the Attorney General’s Office by state law earlier this year.

There are three different types of grants: Victims of Crime Act grants; Violence Against Women Act grants; and State Victim Assistance Program grants.

“These state and local agencies and nonprofit groups do so much to help people who are going through traumatic circumstances, so I’m thrilled to announce these grants that will make a real difference in the lives of victims,” Attorney General Alan Wilson said in a news release.

The grants are going to private nonprofit groups, law enforcement agencies, solicitor’s offices, and state agencies.

For example, The Dee Norton Lowcountry Children’s Center is getting a VOCA grant of just over $1 million for “Collaborative Community Response to Child Abuse.”

Sexual Trauma Services of the Midlands is getting almost $1,270,000 for sexual violence services. The Julie Valentine Center in Greenville is receiving three grants, totaling almost $823,000, for adult crisis services, child therapy services, and sexual assault services.

About 98 percent of the money comes from federal grants, the rest from state funds, according to the release. The Victims of Crime Act funds come from federal fines and penalties, not from taxpayers, according to the release.

In the Midlands, victim services groups in Aiken, Calhoun, Lee, Lexington, Orangeburg, and Richland counties will receive grants totaling $9,818,568.

For example, in Richland County, the South Carolina Victim Assistance Network is receiving more than $1.3 million to continue to provide information, legal assistance, and emergency funding to victims through the network’s service providers.

The Fifth Circuit Solicitor’s Office is receiving three grants totaling almost $375,000 to continue to provide services to victims, including providing victim advocates.

In Lexington County, Sistercare is receiving four grants totaling more than $1.4 million to continue to provide services to victims of domestic violence and to provide legal representation for victims.

 

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