Vermont gets $2.66 million for OVW programs addressing sexual and domestic violence

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Voices Against Violence/Laurie’s House received $650,000 to operate five transitional apartments for survivors of intimate partner abuse, sexual violence and stalking in Franklin and Grand Isle counties. The grant will enable Voices to operate the apartments for the next four years.

In addition to rent on the apartments, the grant also helps to pay for services to help survivors regain their footing, including financial counseling from the Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity’s Financial Futures program and employment assistance through Vermont Works for Women.

“Oftentimes, people come to us in a place where they don’t have any financial resources, having left them behind or because their partner controlled all of the finances,” explained Kris Lukens, executive director of Voices. “This grant particularly is focused on helping people move forward.”