- Associated Press - Thursday, November 2, 2017

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - Federal officials say Vermont organizations supporting victims of crime will receive over $7.4 million in U.S. Department of Justice grants.

U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy, a Democrat, says the money will go to 10 groups through the Violence Against Women Act and the Victims of Crime Act. The Rutland Herald reports the Vermont senator has been a longtime advocate of the programs, and led an effort to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act in 2013.

The money comes from federal fines and penalties rather than taxpayer funds. Funds will help to direct services to crime victims in Vermont and will support victim advocates in every state’s attorney’s office throughout Vermont.

The grants were announced after the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee passed a bill over the summer

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