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CL-2311 New Business   Item #: F.       
Meeting Date: 05/07/2020  
Subject:    Victim/Witness Program Grant
From: Cynthia Thomasson

First Reading:      05/07/2020                                                                                   
Final Adoption: 05/19/2020
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, referral services to meet specific needs (e.g. mental health, social services, legal, medical) and filing claims for crime victims' compensation.  The program also provides a court escort, an explanation of criminal court procedures, intervenes with employers, collection agencies and landlords when victims' injuries result in loss of income, and monitors court related 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 account purposes it is necessary to appropriate these funds.
It is recommended that the Council approve the attached ordinance amending the FY 2020 Budget Appropriation Ordinance to provide for the appropriation of the funds.



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