KOHL ANNOUNCES $500,000 IN FEDERAL FUNDING FOR WISCONSIN DOMESTIC VIOLENCE PREVENTION PROGRAM
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senator Herb Kohl today announced that $500,000 in funding secured in the federal budget for the State of Wisconsin's Office of Justice Assistance was released by the U.S. Department of Justice. The funding will go toward a child based services program that works with existing domestic violence programs in six sites around the state to provide a variety of services to children who witness adult domestic violence. Kohl, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, secured the funding as part of the FY04 budget for the Department of Justice. Governor Jim Doyle applauded the funding.
"We need to invest in efforts like these to work with children who have witnessed domestic violence to ensure that they receive the counseling and support they need. I know the State Office of Justice Assistance will use this funding well," Kohl said.
"In our fight against domestic violence, we must do what we can to help those children who witness domestic violence in their homes," Governor Doyle said. "This funding obtained through the work of Senator Kohl will help children and families cope and move forward."
The Wisconsin Office of Justice Assistance will use the funding to develop community-based services to children witnessing domestic violence. The services seek to reduce at-risk factors that occur when children witness domestic violence in their homes. Along with providing services to children who witness domestic violence, the funding also provides for a study to determine the impact of those services.