DeWine to provide $1.2 million for sexual violence helpline

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A new statewide help line for sexual-violence victims will launch with a financial boost from Attorney General Mike DeWine.

DeWine will join representatives of OhioHealth’s Sexual Assault Response Network of Central Ohio and other agencies Friday to announce creation of the 24-hour statewide helpline.

The kickoff will be at OhioHealth Dublin Methodist Hospital. Details of the new help line service were not available.

DeWine will contribute $1.2 million to the help line from the Expanding Services and Empowering Victims Initiative, a fund he established in October after Ohio got nearly $70 million from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Victims of Crime Act funding. The state received about $16 million in the previous two years.

The attorney general announced distribution of the first $51 million to 307 crime-victim services providers last fall. Among the services funded: $15 million to domestic violence victims, $10 million to prosecutor victim programs, and $9 million to sexual assault victims. Other grants went for at-risk youth, human trafficking victims and child advocacy centers.

“No matter where you live in this state, we want victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and other crimes to have access to the essential services needed to report crimes, seek justice and recover,” DeWine said previously in announcing the grants.
Alan Johnson, The Columbus Dispatch, Thursday April 7, 2016 8:20 PM
DeWine to provide $1.2 million for sexual violence helpline