Longietti: Nearly $400,000 in grant funding to prevent violence against women, support crime victims, at-risk youth

HERMITAGE, Dec. 10 – State grants totaling $396,661 will enhance Mercer County services and supports for victims of domestic violence and child abuse, state Rep. Mark Longietti announced today.

Longietti, D-Mercer, said the funding is from three separate grants awarded by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, based on recommendations by advisory committees.

"Mercer County social service workers, investigators and advocates are an incredibly dedicated and talented group, but skills and determination aren’t enough – they need funding and resources to do the investigations, examinations, advocacy and one-on-one support their jobs demand. This funding from the PCCD is going to fund those critical resources – staff, training, program resources – that speed justice, foster recovery and bring hope to victims.”

Longietti said the grants include the following:

Victims' Services Advisory Committee – federal funding to prevent violence against women

 

  • AWARE Inc., Mercer County STOP Project 2021 – $125,000.
  • Mercer County Commissioners, Victim Services Program – $224,718.

Children's Advocacy Center Advisory Committee – state funding to improve advocacy on behalf of abused and at-risk children

  • County Behavioral Health Commission Inc., Children's Advocacy Center Medical Exam Component – $46,943.

PCCD initiates and funds justice-related programs developed by practitioners and experts in the field, with a focus on research, policy, planning, training, evidence-based programs, technology, outreach and support services.