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Nearly $5M for MT domestic violence shelters, crime victim services

Funds to support and grow community-based crime victim services in the state.  

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BIG SANDY — As a part of his continued effort to ensure that Montana victims of crime have the resources they need to get back on their feet, U.S. Senator Jon Tester secured $4.9 million to maintain and enhance crime victim services in the state. The funding comes from the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) and is awarded to support local community-based domestic violence shelters and other service providers across Montana.

“Every day, Montana’s domestic violence shelters, victim advocates, and other crime victim service groups provide life-changing services and treatments to folks across the state,” said Tester. “This funding will provide these top-notch organizations with the resources and support they need to ensure our hard-working victim advocates can keep helping Montana survivors recover, heal, and thrive for years to come.”

As a leader on the Senate Appropriations Committee, Tester secured these funds and was the only member of the Montana delegation to support the 2023 government funding bill. These competitively awarded funds are made available by VOCA and will be administered by the Montana Board of Crime Control (MBCC) to private nonprofit and public agencies that provide direct services to crime victims - including survivors of violent crimes.


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