Springfield City Council officially accepted a grant from the Department of Justice to fight domestic violence and sexual assaults in the city.
The grant from the DOJ’s Office on Violence Against Women totals $500,000 over three years that will allow the Victim Center and Harmony House to have a full time staff members housed with the Springfield Police Department to provide rapid response to victims of domestic violence or sexual assault.
The “Improving Criminal Justice Responses” grant will also allow the staff to respond to those exposed to dating violence and those who are experiencing a stalking situation.
“I’m excited about the prospect of 2 dedicated advocates for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault to work with Springfield Police and the Family Justice Center,” SPD Chief Paul Williams told OI. “I’m looking forward to hosting FETI and strangulation prevention training for area detectives and prosecutors.”
The grant will be applied to the budget of the Springfield-Greene County Health Department who will administer the funds for the partnership between the city, Harmony House, and the Victim Center.