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MILWAUKEE - Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen today announced the Wisconsin Department of Justice has awarded $80,928 in Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) funding through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 to the Aurora Sinai Medical Center Sexual Assault Treatment Center program.
"I am pleased that agencies that serve victims will receive additional support," said Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen. "With this funding, the Aurora Sinai Medical Center Sexual Assault Treatment Center will provide crisis counseling and advocacy to child and adult victims of sexual assault."
The primary sexual assault services will be offered at Aurora Sinai and West Allis Medical Centers. In addition, a 10-week support group for male victims of sexual assault will be piloted.
Aurora Sinai Medical Center Sexual Assault Treatment Center is one of 16 programs that Van Hollen has chosen for more than $900,000 in funding to help crime victims under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The Attorney General said this money reflects his desire to improve the quality of life for innocent crime victims of all ages who live in communities across Wisconsin. Trauma counseling, crises intervention and other advocacy services are essential to restoring victims to a sense of wellness.
Enacted in 1984, VOCA is administered by the US Department of Justice Office for Victims of Crime. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 was signed into law on February 17, 2009. The law provides funding to assist victim service programs create and retain direct victim services positions.