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Press Release

DOJ Funds Services for Victims of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of Washington
Funds Targeted to Underserved Communities in Skagit County

The U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Violence against Women has awarded a three- year $600,000 grant to provide legal assistance to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault in Skagit County, Washington announced U.S. Attorney Annette L. Hayes.  The grant was awarded to the Northwest Justice Project, headquartered in Seattle, in partnership with Skagit Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Services.

“These funds will support victims of crime and enhance the ability of local organizations to reach out to victims who may be isolated geographically or have limited English-speaking skills,” said U.S. Attorney Annette L. Hayes. “The work supported by thee grants is important to ensuring justice reaches everyone in our Western Washington communities.”

According to the grant award, the funding will increase civil and criminal legal assistance programs for victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking.  The funds provide legal services, at minimal or no cost, to victims who are seeking relief through the courts arising out of domestic abuse or violence. Some of the services include assisting with protection orders and victim impact statements; attending court in support of victims; and providing culturally relevant education programs about domestic abuse and sexual violence to immigrant, Native American and limited English-speaking populations.

For more information on this grant, please contact the Northwest Justice Project or DOJ’s Office on Violence Against Women.

Contact

Press contact for the U.S. Attorney’s Office is Public Affairs Officer Emily Langlie at (206) 553-4110 or Emily.Langlie@usdoj.gov.

Updated September 25, 2018

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Community Outreach
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