Crime Victim Services to use grant in partnership with Bluffton, OSU Lima, UNOH and Rhodes State campuses
COLUMBUS – More than $1.2 million in grants have been awarded to assist victims of sexual assault on Ohio campuses.
The funds are part of $3 million in federal Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) funding set aside by Attorney General Mike DeWine earlier this year to enable colleges and universities to better serve sexual assault victims by providing additional programs, promoting education and awareness, and creating partnerships with community-based victim service agencies.
Included in the grant is $69,235 for Lima’s victim support program Crime Victim Services (CVS). The United Way-based program plans to use the money to add an advocate to its staff who is specifically designated for campus sexual assault victims, working with Bluffton University, The Ohio State University-Lima, University of Northwestern Ohio, and Rhodes State College.
“Sexual assault happens much too often on university campuses,” said Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine. “These grants will help increase awareness of the issue and ensure that assistance is closer to victims by strengthening campus and community efforts to help them recover.”
CVS began in 1981 in Allen County as the second Victim Offender Mediation Program in the U.S., expanding to comprehensive victim services in 1985. The Putnam County office began in 1990, and is Ohio’s only county with all victim services at one facility. The Family Justice Center for domestic violence victims in Putnam County opened in 2007.
The mission of CVS is to help victims prevail over the trauma of their victimization by assisting and advocating for safety, healing, justice, and restitution.
Eleven schools and four rape crisis centers, including CVS in Lima, completed grant applications. The Ohio Attorney General’s Office will continue to reach out to Ohio schools to inform them that additional funds are available and offer assistance in the application process.
A list of the grants awarded to universities and crisis centers:
Bowling Green State University, $82,835
- Bowling Green State University plans contract with The Cocoon Shelter, the local rape crisis center, which will provide victim advocacy to students on campus at Bowling Green State University. The university will provide for ancillary costs and administrative support.
University of Cincinnati, $12,400
- University of Cincinnati plans to contract with the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANE) of Butler County. This will allow SANE of Butler County to provide forensic exam services at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center.
Columbus State Community College, $148,093
- Columbus State Community College plans to add two victim advocates and administrative support.
Compass Inc. (Tuscarawas County), $10,363
- Compass Inc. plans to provide advocacy and awareness to sexual violence survivors on the Tuscarawas County Regional Campus of Kent State University.
Crime Victim Services (Lima), $69,235
- Crime Victim Services is proposing to add an advocate to its staff who would be specifically designated for campus sexual assault victims, working with Bluffton University, The Ohio State University-Lima, University of Northwestern Ohio, and Rhodes State College. For more information, visit crimevictimservices.org
The Domestic Violence Shelter Inc. (Mansfield area), $50,671
- The Domestic Violence Shelter Inc. plans to provide advocacy to survivors of sexual violence on the campuses of Ohio State Mansfield and North Central State. They are also proposing to provide a sexual assault awareness campaign on both campuses to bring awareness of the issue to students at the colleges.
Kent State University, $90,565
- Kent State is planning to hire a new sexual assault advocate to be housed on its campus. It’s also requesting funds for mental health counseling, and the utilization of Townhall II’s crisis support line, which is its local rape crisis hotline.
Miami University, $14,566
- Miami University plans to contract with Women Helping Women, its local rape crisis center, to provide advocacy.
The Ohio State University, $196,791
- Ohio State University plans to hire three new sexual violence coordinators who will provide support to survivors on campus. They also will be handling academic changes for the survivors at their request. The university is also planning to pay for services to be provided to students who are sexually assaulted while studying abroad.
The Rape Crisis Center of Medina and Summit Counties, $233,634
- The Rape Crisis Center of Medina and Summit Counties plans to expand its presence on the University of Akron’s Campus. The Rape Crisis Center has office space on the university campus to provide advocacy and referral services to survivors of sexual violence.
University of Toledo, $214,000
- University of Toledo plans to hire a new sexual violence advocate, a sexual assault counselor, and a domestic violence counselor to be housed in its university. These new positions will provide a continuum of care to survivors of sexual assault on its campus.
Urbana University, $18,420
- Urbana University is proposing to start a Sexual Assault Response Team in its community, which will work to respond to cases of sexual violence on campus and in the community.
Wilmington College, $114,218
- Wilmington College plans to hire a survivor advocate, to be housed within its college, who will provide advocacy services to survivors of sexual violence on campus. It is also planning to start a student support group and crisis hotline.
Find the help you need locally – visit crimevictimservices.org
Crime Victim Services assists with emergency shelters in area safe homes for domestic violence victims and their children. While in shelter, victims will be provided with a supportive environment where they are kept safe, can gather their thoughts and think of their options.
Allen County – All victims except adult female domestic violence
330 N. Elizabeth Street, 2nd Floor
Lima, Ohio 45801
Toll Free: 1-877-867-7273
Putnam County – All victims
338 E. Third Street
Ottawa, Ohio 45875
Toll Free: 1-877-274-7471
24 Hour Crisis Line:
For domestic violence victims Crime Victim Services provides 24 hour crisis response. Please call (419) 523-1111.
Helpful links courtesy crimevictimservices.org:
College Campus Safety
- Security On Campus, Inc. »
- Helpful Links about Crime Stats on Campus and where to go for information »
- Ohio Attorney General’s Crime Assistance Program »
- Ohio Attorney General’s Home Page »
- Ohio’s CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) Program »
- Ohio Victims of Crime Compensation, Attorney General’s Office »
- VINE (Victims Information and Notification Everyday) »
- Office of Victim Services »
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