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Compromise reached for violence victims

By DANA CARLSON

Capital News Service

 

RICHMOND — A bipartisan compromise has been reached to provide additional state funding and resources to victims of sexual and domestic violence after anti-violence bills were struck down in the General Assembly.

House Bill 885, which originally extended the time bracket for filing claims to the Criminal Injury Compensation Fund, now includes the increased emergency awards for victims of crime through the CICF that were contained in the failed House Bill 1 and Senate Bill 4, according to HB885 sponsor Delegate Christopher Peace, R-Hanover.

Both HB1 proposed by Delegate Barbara Comstock, R-Fairfax, and SB4, proposed by Sen. Janet Howell, D–Fairfax, would have consolidated funding streams under the CICF to minimize costs and increase efficiency for organizations providing services to victims of sexual and domestic violence.  HB1 would also have increased covered expenses and emergency awards for victims of certain crimes.

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