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Boucher announces federal grant for Southwest Virginia Legal Aid Society

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representative Rick Boucher announced today that the U.S. Department of Justice, through its STOP Violence Against Women Grant Program, is providing a federal grant in the amount of $561,391 to the Southwest Virginia Legal Aid Society to hire staff to provide legal representation and enhance support services for victims of sexual assault and domestic violence. The Southwest Virginia Legal Aid Society provides high quality legal services to low-income individuals in a seventeen county area across Southwest Virginia.
“Studies have indicated that the availability of comprehensive legal and support services for victims can be a factor in reducing incidences of domestic violence. With the benefit of the federal funds, the Southwest Virginia Legal Aid Society will hire a full time attorney and a part-time paralegal for each of its offices and enhance the support services available for victims,” Boucher said.
The federal funding announced today will be used to dedicate a full time attorney and a part time paralegal at Southwest Virginia Legal Aid Society’s offices in Marion, Castlewood and Christiansburg. A portion of the funding will also be distributed to collaborating agencies across the region to benefit their support programs for victims of domestic violence. The collaborating agencies include Abuse Alternatives, the Bristol Crisis Center, Clinch Valley Community Action, Family Crisis Support Services, Family Resource Center, Hope House of Scott County, People, Inc., the Tazewell County Commonwealth Attorney, and the Women’s Resource Center of the New River Valley.
“Providing adequate legal representation and support services to victims is an important step in eliminating domestic violence in our communities, and I am pleased that the U.S. Department of Justice has provided federal funds to help achieve this goal,” Boucher concluded.

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Boucher announces federal grant for Southwest Virginia Legal Aid Society

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representative Rick Boucher announced today that the U.S. Department of Justice, through its STOP Violence Against Women Grant Program, is providing a federal grant in the amount of $561,391 to the Southwest Virginia Legal Aid Society to hire staff to provide legal representation and enhance support services for victims of sexual assault and domestic violence. The Southwest Virginia Legal Aid Society provides high quality legal services to low-income individuals in a seventeen county area across Southwest Virginia.
“Studies have indicated that the availability of comprehensive legal and support services for victims can be a factor in reducing incidences of domestic violence. With the benefit of the federal funds, the Southwest Virginia Legal Aid Society will hire a full time attorney and a part-time paralegal for each of its offices and enhance the support services available for victims,” Boucher said.
The federal funding announced today will be used to dedicate a full time attorney and a part time paralegal at Southwest Virginia Legal Aid Society’s offices in Marion, Castlewood and Christiansburg. A portion of the funding will also be distributed to collaborating agencies across the region to benefit their support programs for victims of domestic violence. The collaborating agencies include Abuse Alternatives, the Bristol Crisis Center, Clinch Valley Community Action, Family Crisis Support Services, Family Resource Center, Hope House of Scott County, People, Inc., the Tazewell County Commonwealth Attorney, and the Women’s Resource Center of the New River Valley.
“Providing adequate legal representation and support services to victims is an important step in eliminating domestic violence in our communities, and I am pleased that the U.S. Department of Justice has provided federal funds to help achieve this goal,” Boucher concluded.

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