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$500,000 awarded for domestic violence emergency shelter and services

By: - June 28, 2022 2:00 pm

$500,000 awarded to domestic violence shelters. (Getty Images)

The Indiana Criminal Justice Institute recently awarded $500,000 in grant funding to 26 non-profits to provide emergency shelter and services to victims of domestic violence and their dependents. The funding was provided by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services through the Social Services Block Grant program.

“Domestic violence shelters are there for people during some of the darkest moments in their lives,” said Devon McDonald, ICJI executive director. “They provide a safe haven in the community, and we’ll continue to use every tool at our disposal to reinforce the work they’re doing to care for those in need.”

Social Services Block Grant Program, 2022 Awards


Established in 1981, the block grant program is a flexible funding source that allows states to tailor social service programming to address their needs. In Indiana, the funding is distributed to the Indiana Department of Child Services, which allocates a portion to ICJI to assist residential domestic violence programs.

This year, organizations will use the grants to provide items like food, clothing, transportation and shelter to survivors in crisis. The goal of the program is to help offset the cost of certain operational expenses, so that other funding may be used to provide support services.

“Providing access to safe accommodation and shelter, along with survivor-centered support, such as counseling and criminal justice resources, can break the cycle of violence and help people begin to recover,” said Kim Lambert, victim services director. of the Institute “The grant funding we’re releasing today is part of a larger strategy to increase access to those services.”

The grants were approved by the Board of Trustees earlier this month and will be made available to organizations starting in July.

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