Oct 10, 2012 7:01 PM by Ian Cross
TUCSON - The City of Tucson has been awarded two federal grants totaling $1,180,899 to provide additional support to victims of domestic violence and veterans.
The first grant, which will provide $430,899 over three years, is for "establishment of a dedicated Domestic Violence Court and education on domestic violence issues," city officials stated in a news release. The grant comes from Department of Justice, Office of Violence against Women, and will fund the development of a Domestic Violence court, and to provide domestic violence training for court staff. The grant will also fund American Sign Language Interpreters for the court.
A second grant of $250,000 a year for three years was granted to expand the Tucson City Court's Veteran's Court into a Regional Municipality Court, provided by the Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services, the release stated. The municipalities that will participate in the new regional court are Marana, Oro valley, South Tucson and Sahuarita.
"The RMVC directs veterans charged with certain offenses to rehabilitation services and helps at-risk veterans avoid further legal difficulties," officials stated in the release. "The program involves veteran participation in a tailored treatment program aimed at getting them back on their feet."