Domestic Violence & Child Advocacy Center Awarded $1,440,000

  (CLEVELAND, OH) Domestic Violence & Child Advocacy Center (DVCAC) has been awarded a grant of $ 1,440,000 from the Victims of Crime Act program administered by the Ohio Attorney General’s Office. The grant will increase and enhance programs for victims of intimate partner violence, teen dating violence, stalking, and children impacted by domestic violence. The award increases DVCAC’s budget to almost $5,000,000 – the largest budget in the history of DVCAC. “The award will enhance and increase services to survivors, allowing DVCAC to meet the safety needs of victims who are currently unable to receive services. This means that we can touch the lives of additional survivors offering safety, hope and healing,” said Linda Johanek, CEO of Domestic Violence & Child Advocacy Center. The components of the grant include:  Enhancing DVCAC’s Justice System Advocacy Program which provides services in 10 court systems serving 42 municipalities in Cuyahoga County offering crisis intervention, safety planning assistance, court accompaniment, support groups and follow up services  Increasing staff and services at the only domestic violence emergency shelter in Cuyahoga County providing basic needs, crisis intervention, safety planning, groups and education  Restructuring and improving the 24-hour Helpline that responds to over 12,000 calls annually  Increasing trauma therapy services for victims of child abuse, teen dating violence, intimate partner violence and stalking  Start-up funds for a Child Advocacy Center (CAC) in Cuyahoga County which transforms the way in which we deal with child abuse. A CAC consists of a multi-disciplinary team which coordinates services and increases communication to better serve victims and their families  Improving technology in all ten of DVCAC’s programs, and increasing safety and security measures Johanek says “Research indicates 1 in 4 women and 1 in 7 men will be a victim of domestic violence; so we expect the demand for our services to be great, but we don’t want them to be beyond our reach. This grant award allows us to serve more victims increasing the safety of children and adults, as well as the community’s safety.” Funds will help greatly in providing services to the thousands who are in need, however there is also a matching requirement to these funds of almost $280,000 that will need to be secured in the coming months to ensure the funds can be utilized. DVCAC seeks to raise additional funds at the Break The Silence Luncheon on October 27th at the Downtown Hilton featuring Amanda Berry. More information can be found at dvcac.org