The Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, a statewide government funding agency, recently awarded more than $11 million to victim service providers and batterers’ intervention programs across the state for the 2013 fiscal year.
Of that, $807,547 will go to benefit the AWARE program in Juneau, which is short for Aiding Women in Abuse and Rape Emergencies. AWARE also helps children who are exposed to violence by giving them specialized care and support.
“AWARE provides services for over 200 children every year,” AWARE Executive Director Saralyn Tabachnick said in a statement. “... Funding from CDVSA supports our work with children and parents, and teaches children that violence is a learned behavior, which can be unlearned.”
The state of Alaska Department of Public Safety said in a release that the funds — $11,730,000 — are a combination of state and federal dollars aimed at increasing safety for victims and holding offenders accountable for their actions.
The total amount is $475,000 more than what was awarded in fiscal year 2012, said CDVSA Executive Director Lauree Morton.
The Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault has been operating under the umbrella of the Department of Public Safety since 1981.
Editors' note: This story has been corrected to reflect the correct amount of funding AWARE will be receiving.