- Associated Press - Thursday, October 9, 2014

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) - Five Vermont groups have been awarded more than $5 million in federal grants to support crime victims.

They include the Vermont Center for Crime Victims Services to expand services; Women Helping Battered Women in Burlington to provide transitional housing and employment services; Have Justice, Will Travel in Vershire to provide legal services; the city of St. Albans to add staff to investigate and prosecute domestic violence; and the Vermont Network Against Domestic and Sexual Violence to support efforts in battered women’s shelters and rape crisis centers.

Sen. Patrick Leahy said the programs make a difference in so many lives, and supporting them is a tangible step toward ending domestic violence, sexual and dating violence.

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