SF DA Gascon Announces $750K in Grants to Expand Services for Crime Victims

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San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon announced Tuesday his office's Victim Services Division will be offering grants for community-based organizations that serve victims of human trafficking, sexual assault, domestic violence and other violent crimes.

Through the 2019 Victim of Crime Services Grant Request for Proposals, qualified organizations can apply for grants between $50,000 and $100,000 from Gascon's office. The Victim Services Division grants total $750,000.

In a statement, Gascon said the grant request is an important step to guarantee equitable access to victims and survivors of violent crimes.

"These services are essential to the healing and recovery process and need to be accessible, inclusive and adaptable to the specific needs of the individual," he said.

For the grants, the division will be looking for innovative proposals from community-based service providers.

The Victim Services Division assists more than 8,500 victims annually. The grant would allow for more victims to access trauma-informed services in their neighborhood and in numerous languages, with strategies tailored for those vulnerable community members, Gascon's office said.

"The health, well-being and safety of the community is a priority for our office and this funding will allow more people to access what they need to recover, rebuild following a violent crime," said Chief of the Victim Services Division Gena Castro Rodriguez.

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