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Evers announces $45m for violence prevention efforts

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Tony Evers

(WQOW) - Survivors of crime and violence can rest easy knowing support services in Wisconsin will still be available, even as federal funding for resources will undergo a 30% cut over the next two years.

On Wednesday, Gov. Evers announced $45 million dollars of ARP funding will go toward crime victim services and violence prevention efforts. Of that amount, $20 million will be put toward support services for survivors.

Those services are federally funded under the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) which is facing a decrease in funding over the next few years.

That budget cut is something people are already being affected by, according to officials with the Wisconsin Coalition Against Sexual Assault (WCASA).

"We have heard from programs that those impacts were already being felt with the anticipation of those cuts," said WCASD Policy and Systems Director, Ian Henderson. "That if there was a turnover in a position, for example, that programs were reluctant to hire or fill that position not knowing that they could fund it beyond this year." 

Henderson said Gov. Evers' allocation of these ARP funds will help keep these critical services afloat while VOCA funding is stabalized.

Of that $20 million, $100,000 will specifically go to the WCASA. The other $25 million will help fund violence prevention efforts across the state.

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