ATLANTA (April 8, 2020) — The Georgia Criminal Justice Coordinating Council (CJCC) is pleased to announce the approval of $3 million in emergency funds for victim services across the state. These funds are to meet the emergency needs of victims caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Allocation of the funds will be prioritized in response to emergencies in local communities throughout Georgia and are available immediately to eligible grant sites serving victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and child abuse.

As the State Administering Agency of the Victims of Crime Act Victim Assistance Grant Program (VOCA), CJCC is authorized to release immediate funding to assist victims of violent crime in emergency situations in which health and/or safety are at risk when other resources are unavailable.

This funding is being made available in addition to the $81 million already awarded to Georgia service providers through VOCA funding this year. If you have any questions about emergency funding, please contact your grant specialist. If you are unsure about who your grant specialist is, please contact Britney Campbell at Britney.Campbell@cjcc.ga.gov.

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About the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council (CJCC)

Created by the Georgia General Assembly in 1981 as an Executive Branch agency, the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council (CJCC) represents the culmination of many efforts to establish a statewide body that would build consensus and unity among the State's diverse and interdependent, criminal justice system components. For more information visit the CJCC website: https://cjcc.georgia.gov/.

CONTACT: Britney Campbell – Communications and External Affairs Specialist Britney.Campbell@cjcc.ga.gov

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