OLYMPIA - Thurston County has been awarded a federal grant of $399,511 to create co-located investigation, prosecution and advocacy services for victims of domestic violence. The grant funding is for a two-year period of October 1, 2010 through September 30, 2012. Much of the funding will go to pay for a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney, a Domestic Violence Investigator and part of the cost of a Victim Advocate.-30-
The operating partners in the initial grant project are the Thurston County Prosecutor's Office, the Thurston County Sheriff's Office, the Thurston County Clerk's Office, SafePlace and the Northwest Justice Project. The funds will help create a Family Safety Center in Thurston County where victims can receive assistance in one place. Ed Holm, Thurston County Prosecutor believes that co-location is a very good idea. "Victims of domestic violence are going through some very difficult times and often are seeking assistance after months or years of abuse. The more convenient and easy we can make it for them to get the help they need, the better it will be for survivors."
A planning group consisting of representatives of the above listed organizations is guiding development of the Family Safety Center program.