U.S. Justice Department Fund Gender Violence Programs In Guam

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$525,000 for ‘critical services to victims of family violence, sexual assault’

HAGÅTÑA, Guam (Pacific Daily News, Sept. 10, 2014) – Guam Delegate Madeleine Bordallo today announced that the U.S. Department of Justice has awarded Guam $525,994 in federal grant assistance.

Guam Legal Services Corporation was awarded $480,000 through the Office of Violence Against Women’s Legal Assistance for Victims Grant Program.

The award is for a 36-month program in coordination with Victims Advocates Reaching Out and Guam Coalition Against Sexual Assault and Family Violence to provide quality representation to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence, and staking on Guam.

The Office of the Governor was awarded $45,994 through the Office of Violence Against Women’s Sexual Assault Services Program. This formula grant will support local rape crisis centers and other nonprofit, nongovernmental organizations that provide services and support to victims for sexual assault.

"These grants will help our community provide critical services to victims of family violence and sexual assault on Guam," said Bordallo. "Domestic violence and sexual assault are heinous crimes that have no place in our society. I look forward to these funds being used to assist and represent victims of these crimes and ensure that resources are available to encourage victims speak out and report these crimes so that perpetrators are punished."

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