Rhode Island Congressmen secure $642K for victims of crime

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — Sens. Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse and Rep. Seth Magaziner announced $642,000 in new federal funding for the Victim Compensation Formula Grant program Saturday.

The legislators said that the funding will be used to provide essential services to victims of violent crimes and survivors of sexual assault and to strengthen the state’s support systems for people who have experienced trauma resulting from crime.

Funds can be used by victims to cover expenses related to violent crimes, including medical, dental and counseling expenses; relocation expenses; funeral and related expenses; and loss of earnings.

The program is funded by the Crime Victims Fund and will be administered by the state’s general treasurer.

“Organizations across Rhode Island provide heroic support to survivors of sexual assault and violent crimes,” Whitehouse said. “I’m glad to help secure federal funding that will strengthen resources for survivors and their families and ensure that everyone in need of a lifeline during a crisis has access to one.”

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