Vermont gets $6 million to reduce domestic violence

“As hard as my office works — and will continue to work — to prevent violent offenders from causing harm and death, we know that victims need more justice in court to recover and move forward,” said Christina Nolan, U.S. attorney for Vermont.

U.S. Attorney Christina Nolan, center, gestures during a news conference in Burlington, Vt., Monday Jan. 27, 2020.
U.S. Attorney Christina Nolan, center, gestures during a news conference in Burlington, Vt., Monday Jan. 27, 2020. –(AP Photo/Wilson Ring)

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — More than $6 million in federal grant funding will go to Vermont organizations that help victims of domestic violence, officials said.

The grant awards are part of a new series of grants intended to assist law enforcement, victim service providers and prosecutors in identifying and helping victims at high risk of being killed by an abusive partner, according to the Justice Department’s Office on Violence Against Women.

“As hard as my office works — and will continue to work — to prevent violent offenders from causing harm and death, we know that victims need more justice in court to recover and move forward,” said Christina Nolan, U.S. attorney for Vermont, in a written statement on Wednesday. The grants “will help identify victims, support their recovery, and give them a chance at living the rest of their lives free from abuse,” she said.

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In recent years, nearly half of Vermont’s homicides were domestic-violence related, her office said.

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