- Associated Press - Friday, October 9, 2015

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) - Vermont will be getting more than $8.7 million from the U.S. Department of Justice to support victims of crime and programs that serve survivors of domestic and sexual violence.

More than half will go to the Vermont Center for Crime Victims Services, up from $1.6 million in 2014. The funds will support direct services and compensation to victims, as well as victim advocates who work in the state attorney’s office.

Eight grants totaling $3.9 million for domestic and sexual violence programs will go to the center; the Vermont Network; Circle Inc. of Barre; Womensafe in Middlebury; Voices Against Violence and their partner organizations; and expanding transitional housing in Franklin and Grand Isle counties.

U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy announced the grants Friday.

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