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N.D. receives $1.4M in funding targeting domestic violence in Bakken

WASHINGTON -- Federal awards totaling $1.4 million will be used to target domestic violence in the Bakken, Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., said Monday. Two of the three awards by the U.S. Department of Justice's Office on Violence Against Women, totali...

WASHINGTON -- Federal awards totaling $1.4 million will be used to target domestic violence in the Bakken, Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., said Monday.

Two of the three awards by the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office on Violence Against Women, totaling $949,391, have been granted to the North Dakota Council on Abused Women’s Services and the Three Affiliated Tribes of Fort Berthold.

The Bakken Region Initiative: Enhanced Responses to Victims will address the challenges faced by victims, responders and service providers within the Bakken region of North Dakota and Montana to increase the safety and well-being of women and children in those areas.

The third award, Violence Against Women Bakken Regional Initiative: Tribal Special Assistant United States Attorney Initiative, will support a cross-designated prosecutor to maintain an active caseload of violence against women crimes. The $450,000 award will help to improve the quality of the cases, the coordination of resources and the communication among law enforcement agencies in the area.  

“These funds will support the coordinated efforts of such groups in the Bakken region, providing enhanced services for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, helping ensure the offenders are brought to justice and promoting the health and safety of our communities,” Hoeven said in a statement.

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