Sappey and Shusterman announce more than $1.7M to protect and support victims of abuse

HARRISBURG, Dec. 10 – State Reps. Christina Sappey and Melissa Shusterman, both D-Chester, today applauded the awarding of more than $1.7 million in Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency grants to Chester County organizations and agencies.

The funds, approved by the PCCD, will support a variety of programs and services, including adult probation services, body-worn camera initiatives, domestic abuse programs and more.  

“Unfortunately, we are seeing an increase in incidents of domestic violence and abuse due in part to the isolation we are experiencing during the pandemic” Sappey said. “This funding will directly help victims and give those who need rehabilitation the tools they need.”

“Women, children and other victims of abuse deserve a safe space to call home and programs that can help them get back on their feet,” Shusterman said. “I am thrilled about the amount of money coming to Chester County to help these individuals reclaim their lives and move forward in a safe, healthy environment. We have to do more to help victims of abuse and their loved ones.”

The grants awarded in Chester County are as follows:

Improvement of Adult Probation Services Funds

  • Chester County - Improvement of Adult Probation Services - $533,144.

Federal STOP Violence Against Women Formula Grant Funds

  • Chester County Commissioners - Chester County STOP Grant 2021 - $124,992.
  • The Crime Victims’ Center of Chester County - RASA/VOJO Project 2021-22 - $698,379.
  • Domestic Violence Center of Chester County - Providing Rights and Services to Victims - $55,014.

State Children’s Advocacy Center Funds

  • Chester County Commissioners - CAC Assistant 2021- $47,000.

CACAC State Endowment Act Funds

  • Chester County Commissioners - Program Title to be Determined - $318,377.

For more information, residents can reach out to Sappey’s district office at (484) 200-8264.