The Department of Justice gave $10 million in grants to assist victims in Idaho as part of almost $1.8 billion distributed to state victim assistance and compensation programs to fund victim assistance programs across the country and provide compensation to victims of crime.

The awards were made to the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare and Idaho Industrial Commission, and will support local direct victim service programs, including children’s advocacy centers, domestic violence shelters, rape crisis centers, human trafficking and elder abuse programs, civil legal services, crime victims’ rights enforcement, as well as victim assistance positions in prosecutors’ offices and law enforcement agencies.

The money comes from fines and penalties paid by convicted federal offenders and does not include tax dollars. More information about OJP and its components can be found at www.ojp.gov.

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