June 22, 2011
The Phoenix City Council recently accepted two grants totaling $200,533 on behalf of the Victim Services Unit within the City Prosecutor’s Office. The first totals $173,333 and is from the 2011 Recovery Act STOP Violence Against Women Formula grant. Monies will be used to pay the salary, benefits, and materials for a new temporary Attorney III (Prosecutor) position for one year. The position will focus on prosecution of domestic violence cases within the Prosecutor's Office and collaborate with the Police Department and outside agencies to address the issue of domestic violence citywide.
“Domestic violence is a serious issue and the Victims' Services Unit works with victims to deal with their emotional trauma and provides advocacy throughout the justice process in City Court," said Councilman Bill Gates, chairman of the city’s Finance, Efficiency and Innovation Subcommittee. “Funding for grants is a competitive process. I commend our staff for their work in securing funding, so that the city may continue providing vital services to the victims of crime.”
In addition, the city also accepted a $27,200 grant from the Arizona Criminal Justice Commission (ACJC). The funding will be used to fund a part-time Victim Advocate for one year to assist victims of misdemeanor crimes occurring within the city of Phoenix. The Prosecutor will bring the “community prosecution” approach to the domestic violence area – seeking preventive solutions, empowering the community to address domestic violence and prosecuting egregious cases.
For more information, contact the Victim Services Unit at 602-261-8192 or visit phoenix.gov/VICTIMS.
|Stephanie Ribodal Romero