Congressman Jim Matheson said today that the Gentle Ironhawk Shelter in Blanding, Utah has been awarded a $378,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Justice's Victim's Assistance program. The program is designed to strengthen civil and criminal legal assistance for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking.
"These shelters are a place of refuge for women and children whose lives are in danger from violent abusers. Since receiving its first grant in 2004, the Gentle Ironhawk Shelter has helped over 200 survivors and it is playing a vital role in this mostly rural community," said Matheson.
The Gentle Ironhawk Shelter serves an isolated area of more than 8,000 square miles, in the poorest county in Utah. Services are provided by a coordinated legal team of attorneys who represent survivors in Utah State Court, Federal Court, Navajo Nation Court and Ute Court. Additional staff consists of paralegal support, a bilingual victim's advocated trained in domestic violence and court-approved Navajo and Ute translators.