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Kentucky receives nearly $23 million dollars to help victims of violent crime

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Kentucky is working to support the victims of violent crimes. The federal government just awarded around 23-million-dollars to programs in the commonwealth.

Governor Andy Beshear said the funds will go to assist 120 programs and projects. He said while it is important to catch the criminals, the state should be more involved.

“Protecting Kentuckians and promoting justice have been a priority of mine since my days as attorney general, when we created the first survivors’ council in this country. This book of funding allows us to build on that work.”

The governor said the victims of crimes need to be a priority.

“So as we address crime in this country, let’s make sure we are not only working to reduce it, but we are there for those who have been harmed by it.”

The governor said the 22.8 million dollars will go to assist programs including children’s advocacy centers and court-appointed special advocates. It will also be aimed at programs prioritizing projects that serve victims of child abuse, sexual assault, and domestic violence. It will also go towards helping elderly victims and the adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse or assault.

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