MARQUETTE COUNTY — The Women’s Center, Inc. has received a three year Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) Sexual Assault Victims Services grant from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services that began on January 1, 2019.
The grant will enhance the agency’s sexual assault program in Alger and Marquette County and will allow the agency to focus on assisting victims in undeserved populations.
The Women’s Center currently operates a volunteer Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) in Marquette County.
The new funding will allow full-time dedication to enhancing the SART services in Marquette County, establishing a program in Alger County, and expanding direct client services.
“It is still going to be under a volunteer basis,” said Women’s Center Program Director, Alisha Young. “However now we have a sexual assault program coordinator or a sexual assault response team coordinator. That is going to be able to nourish those relationships with the different law enforcement agencies and the different emergency rooms. This will allow us to have a better ongoing support system for the victims.”
The funding will pay for a full-time Sexual Assault Program Coordinator, a full-time Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) Coordinator, and a half-time therapist for sexual assault victims.
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