The Child Advocacy Center of Niagara, a service of Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center, has received a Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) grant totaling $1,102,974 over a three-year period.
The grant, which is funded by the New York State Office of Victim Services, will be awarded beginning Oct. 1, 2022, and ending Sept. 30, 2025. Yearly anticipated payments are $367,658.10, and will be used toward direct services for victims of crime.
“The support from NYS Office of Victim Services is imperative to the CAC’s mission and the mission of the larger Niagara County Child Abuse Intervention Project,” said Shelley Hitzel, executive director of The Child Advocacy Center of Niagara. “Funding will allow for the continuation of free, timely, criminal/civil justice services, forensic, medical, mental health and victim advocacy services for the most vulnerable of victims, in locations close to their homes.”
Hitzel added, “In addition to continuing to provide critical services to children impacted by physical, sexual and domestic violence, as well as human trafficking, the OVS funding will allow the Child Advocacy Center to begin to address the impact that gun and other community violence has on children in Niagara County.”
The Child Advocacy Center of Niagara is a multidisciplinary program that responds to reports of physical and sexual child abuse by coordinating a unified response by criminal justice, medical and mental health services all at a single location. To learn more about the Child Advocacy Center of Niagara, visit http://cacofniagara.org/.