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Ohio Attorney General DeWine has awarded the Cleveland Clinic Foundation $55,000 in grant funding to support the Cleveland Clinic Police Department's Victim Advocate Program.
The money is part of more than $17 million in grant funds being distributed by the Ohio Attorney General's Office to crime victim services agencies statewide.
The Cleveland Clinic Police Department started the Victim Advocate Program last year in an effort to provide individual, efficient, and effective victim-centered services to crime victims at the clinic.
The grant will pay to further develop the program. Clinic advocates can also assist patients injured as a result of a crime by acting as a liaison to other victim resources.
"We believe it is very important that a victim advocate is available for those at the Cleveland Clinic," said DeWine.
"There are thousands of patients, employees, and visitors on the clinic's campus on any given day, and should any of them become a victim of crime, an advocate will be able to help. We are pleased to be able to support this program."
The Cleveland Clinic Foundation is one of eight new grant recipients to receive Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) and/or State Victims Assistance Act (SVAA) grant funding for the 2013-2014 fiscal year.
Other new grant recipients include:
- Harmony House, Inc., Belmont County, $15,527
- Ohio Network of Children's Advocacy Center, Franklin County, $14,560
- Guernsey County Child Advocacy Center, Guernsey County, $20,808
- The Salvation Army, Hamilton County, $49,356
- Hancock County Center for Safe and Healthy Children, Hancock County, $16,856
- Daybreak, Montgomery County, $58,853
- Tuscarawas County Child Advocacy Center, Tuscarawas County, $8,164
An additional 268 crime victim services agencies in Ohio will share continuing funding in the amount of $17 million.