Kemp announces additional federal pandemic relief for crime victims


ATLANTA – Gov. Brian Kemp is steering an additional $26 million in federal pandemic relief funds toward the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council’s Victim’s Services grant program.

Following the addition of about $13.2 million to the program in December, the total dedicated to the council is now up to $94.2 million.

The grants help domestic violence shelters, sexual assault centers, human trafficking programs, child advocacy centers, court-appointed special advocates, hospital-based violence intervention initiatives, elder abuse programs, and programs that address gun violence recover from the negative economic impact of the pandemic.

Specifically, the money is used to provide an array of lifesaving and supportive services, including housing assistance, financial counseling, legal assistance, medical services, victim compensation, transportation, and employment services.

The additional funding Kemp announced Monday will allow for continued assistance to more than 200 nonprofits that provide services to victims of crime across Georgia.