Gov. Justice awards over $16.8 million in VOCA grants; funding replenished after federal cuts last year


Gov. Justice awards over $16.8 million in VOCA grants; funding replenished after federal cuts last year

CHARLESTON, WV – Gov. Jim Justice today approved over $16.8 million in Victims of Crime Act Assistance (VOCA) sub-grant funds to 83 public and private non-profit entities throughout the state.

Gov. Justice made the announcement at the West Virginia Child Advocacy Network's One With Courage Awards Reception in Charleston. 

VOCA funds provide direct services like counseling, personal advocacy, court advocacy, client transportation, and support services to victims of crimes including domestic violence, sexual violence, child abuse, and elder abuse. The funds will also support assistance to victims as they move through the criminal justice system.

This year, the amount of VOCA funds available in West Virginia has been replenished to pre-pandemic levels. Last year, the federal government drastically slashed these funds until Gov. Justice awarded supplemental funding to bridge the gap.

“I’m glad to see that we’re back to where we should be in terms of funding for this incredibly important program that provides funds to help West Virginians who are the victims of some of the worst crimes imaginable,” Gov. Justice said. “It was wrong of the federal government to make the cuts they did last year, but we stepped up to the plate as we always do. We filled the hole last year with additional funding. That said, I’m happy to be moving forward at 100% once again, because our people deserve it.”

The West Virginia Child Advocacy Network provides statewide guidance and support for the 21 child advocacy centers throughout West Virginia.

"We cannot thank Governor Justice enough for prioritizing WV's most vulnerable citizens - child victims of crime.  His action will bridge a monetary gap created by a federal funding shortfall. Without the state's supplemental, local Child Advocacy Centers would have faced 66% cuts to their federal awards, disrupting critical services to more than 4,700 kids served annually. We are grateful for this investment made in children’s healing,” said Kate Flack, CEO of the West Virginia Child Advocacy Network.

Funds are awarded from the Office for Victims of Crime, the Office of Justice Programs of the U.S. Department of Justice. These funds are administered by the West Virginia Division of Administrative Services, Justice and Community Services section.
Justice and Community Services media contact:
Carol Blankenship
Criminal Justice Specialist
Division of Administrative Services, Justice and Community Services
Phone: 304-558-8814
Funds were awarded to the following:

A Child’s Place CASA    

Barbour County Commission

Branches Domestic Violence Shelter

Burlington United Methodist Family Services    

Cabell County Commission

CAMC Health Education & Research Institute

CASA for Children

CASA of the Eastern Panhandle

CASA of Marion County

CASA for the Eleventh Judicial Circuit



Child and Youth Advocacy Center

Child Protect of Mercer County

ChildLaw Services

Children’s Home Society of WV

City of Charleston

Comprehensive Women’s Service Council

CONTACT Huntington

Cornerstone Family Interventions

Eastern Panhandle Empowerment Center

Family Counseling Connection

Family Crisis Center

Family Crisis Intervention Center of Region V

Family Refuge Center

Family Service of Goodwill Industries

Greenbrier County Commission PA

Greenbrier County Commission Sheriff

Hancock County Commission

Harmony House

Harmony Mental Health

Harrison County CASA Program

Harrison County Child Advocacy Center

HOPE Inc. Task Force on Domestic Violence

Jackson County Commission

Jefferson County Commission

Just for Kids

Kanawha County Commission Prosecutor 

Kanawha County Commission Sheriff

Legal Aid of West Virginia

Logan County Child Advocacy Center

Logan County Commission PA

Logan County Commission Sheriff

Marion County Children’s Advocacy Center

Marion County Commission

Mason County Commission

Mercer County Commission

Mineral County Court Appointed Special Advocates Program

Mingo County Commission PA

Mingo County Commission Sheriff

Monongalia Child Advocacy Center

Monongalia County Commission

Monongalia County Youth Services Center

Mothers Against Drunk Driving

Mountain CAP of West Virginia

Nicholas County Family Resource Network

Ohio County Commission

Preston County Commission

Putnam County Commission PA

Putnam County Commission Sheriff

Randolph County Children’s Advocacy Center

Randolph County Commission

Rape & Domestic Violence Information Center

REACHH Family Resource Center

Roane County Commission

STOP Abusive Family Environments    

Stop the Hurt

TEAM for West Virginia Children

The Children’s Listening Place

Tug Valley Recovery Shelter Association

Upper Ohio Valley Sexual Assault Help Center

Upshur County Commission

Voices for Children

West Virginia Child Advocacy Network

West Virginia Coalition Against Domestic Violence

West Virginia Division of Corrections and Rehabilitation

West Virginia Foundation for Rape Information Services

Wetzel County Commission CAC

Women’s Aid in Crisis

Wood County Commission

Wyoming County Commission

Young Women’s Christian Association of Wheeling

YWCA of Charleston, West Virginia


Contact Information

Jordan Damron,


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Charleston, WV 25305

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