WASHINGTON, DC — Today, Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) announced that Middlesex County, New Jersey has been awarded a $425,000 federal grant through the U.S. Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Training and Services to End Violence Against Women with Disabilities Grants Program (Disability Grant Program). The Disability Grant Program increases the capacity of organizations to respond to individuals with disabilities who are victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking and to hold perpetrators of such crimes accountable.
“These crimes are horrific and we must continue to work to end the cycle of violence so that not one more person is a victim of abuse,” said Congressman Pallone. “Programs like the Disability Grant Program are critical to ensuring that those who are victimized are able access services and get the support needed in order to recover. We have made gains since the Violence Against Women Act was signed into law twenty years ago, but we still have work to do to make sure that no one is living in constant fear. This grant will help us support survivors and bring us one step closer to ending this unfathomable violence.”
The Disability Grant Program was created in the Violence Against Women Act of 2000 and has been reauthorized in the years since. It is run through the Office on Violence Against Women (OVW), which is a component of the DOJ. Created in 1995, OVW implements the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) and subsequent legislation and provides national leadership on issues of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking.