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CL-2106 New Business   Item #: A.       
Meeting Date: 05/21/2019  
Subject:    Witness Program Appropriation
From: Cynthia Thomasson

First Reading:     05/21/2019
Final Adoption:   06/04/2019
The City has received notice from the Commonwealth of Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services, of the approval of Federal and State funding in the amount of $177,083 for the continuation of the City's Victim Witness Assistance Program, which is operated through the Commonwealth Attorney's Office
The Victim Witness Program provides assistance to victims of criminal offenses (e.g., rape, felonious assault, child sexual and physical abuse, homicide, domestic violence) occurring in Danville.  The program provides direct services such as short-term and follow-up counseling, referral services to meet specific needs (i.e., mental health, social services, legal, medical), and filing claims for crime victims' compensation.  The program also provides court escorts and explanations of criminal court procedures, intervenes with employers, collection agencies and landlords when victims' injuries result in loss of income, and monitors court-ordered restitution payments.

The goal of the Victim Witness Program is to alleviate, to whatever degree possible, the confusion, pain, and suffering of innocent victims of violent crime occurring in Danville.  This is an annual grant and does not require any local matching funds.  For proper accounting purposes, it is necessary to appropriate these funds.
It is recommended that City Council approve the attached Ordinance Amending the FY 2019 Budget Appropriation Ordinance to appropriate funds for the Victim Witness Program in the amount of $177,083.



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