Senators John Kerry and Scott Brown, along with Representatives Edward Markey, Stephen F. Lynch, Niki Tsongas, and William Keating, today announced that the Massachusetts Victim Witness Assistance Board will receive $8,891,402 from the U.S. Department of Justice to enhance crime victim services throughout the state.
The funding, awarded by the Victims of Crime Act Victim Assistance grant program, supports local community-based organizations that provide direct services to crime victims.
"When I was a prosecutor in Middlesex County, I saw firsthand the toll that crime takes on its victims and the important difference victim and witness protection services can make in achieving justice and helping victims put the pieces of their lives back together. These programs are more than worth the investment," said Sen. Kerry.
"I am proud that the Massachusetts Victim Witness Assistance Board is receiving this award to help continue providing services to crime victims. I am confident that these funds will go a long way toward helping the victims of these tragic crimes," said Sen. Brown.
"This federal funding is critical to ensuring that crimes victims in Massachusetts have access to essential services in their time of most need and vulnerability. We must continue to commit ourselves to supporting the programs that protect the rights and the well-being of those who have been victimized through no fault of their own," said Rep. Markey.
"The services and support provided by our community organizations is critical for those who have been victims of crime. I am pleased to see that these funds will allow these organizations to continue to assist those in need," said Rep. Lynch.
"Nonprofit organizations in the Fifth District such as the YWCA of Greater Lawrence and Rape Crisis Services of Greater Lowell have taken advantage of funding from the Office of Victim Assistance in previous years to provide crime victims with needed support and assistance. This new grant will make additional funds available for these essential services," said Rep. Tsongas.
"As a former DA, I have seen many victims' lives shattered by violence and crime, and the process of rebuilding is often a long and difficult one for them. Victims cannot -- and should not -- go through that process alone. This grant will help ensure that they do not have to, and is a worthwhile investment in our communities," said Rep. Keating.