Dawn McKee, special projects coordinator for the Women's Resource Center of State College, asked the board to approve the 2015 STOP Violence Against Women Grant Continuation Application between the county and the Pa. Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD) to improve the criminal justice system's response to victims of domestic and sexual violence.
The grant total amounts to $125,000, with Centre County and State College Borough each matching $10,000, bringing the total amount to $145,000.
The grant period is Jan. 1, 2015 through Dec. 31, 2015.
In previous years, the funds have been divided up between the District Attorney's office, victim services and law enforcement, McKee
And, while that will remain true next year, she
said, the plan is to allot the funds differently than before.
Typically, the matching funds from the county and borough are split between the District Attorney's office and the law enforcement component, with the remaining funds going to victim services, McKee said.
Next year, the District Attorney's office could get up to $45,000, with law enforcement initiatives receiving $40,000 and victim services receiving the remaining $60,000, McKee
The funding provides for medical services training, specifically sexual violence related cases and evidence collection, an assistant district attorney position for domestic and sexual violence cases, the salary of a detective with the police, who has been trained to specifically deal with domestic/sexual violence cases, and partial salaries of victim services staff, McKee
The Women's Resource Center
has cut in half the amount of hours the outreach consultant will receive, and has reduced the hours for the special projects coordinator (McKee's position), in order to accommodate the shift in financial allotments, McKee
The 2015 grant will be represent the final year of this cycle of PCCD grants, McKee
said, as the original grant was applied for in 2011 and it runs on a three-year cycle.