A Lawrence organization Wednesday was awarded a $30,000 grant to continue sheltering women and children subjected to domestic violence.
Kansas Atty. Gen. Bob Stephan said Women's Transitional Care Services and 22 other organizations in Kansas that help victims of domestic violence would divide $678,400.
WTCS will use the grant to pay salaries of a children's program coordinator and a volunteer coordinator, shelter coordinator Bekki McConnell-Cunningham said today.
Since 1978, WTCS has operated a shelter for women and children and provided a place to stay for women leaving abusive relationships.
These Protection from Abuse Grants are administered by the attorney general's Crime Victims Compensation Board. The board met last month to consider grant proposals.
Stephan said he admired the people who work in shelters and who try to deal with complex problems of domestic violence without enough financial resources.
"In addition to the tragedy of domestic violence itself, it is also tragic that there is still so little funding available to assist the domestic violence shelters and programs throughout our state," Stephan said.
McConnell-Cunningham said WTCS and similar organizations in other Kansas cities were struggling to fund their programs.
"Money is getting more scarce. You can't get money to sustain what you have," she said.
Stephan said the $678,400 for the grants came from two sources. Most of it, $500,000, was generated by a fee charged people when they obtain a marriage license in Kansas.
The rest of the money, he said, came from a family violence prevention fund controlled by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
The 23 programs receiving grants may use the funding for:
-- Temporary emergency shelter for victims of domestic abuse and their dependent children.
-- Counseling and assistance to those victims and their children.
-- Educational services directed at reducing the incidence of domestic abuse and diminishing its impact on victims.
"While Kansas has nearly tripled the money it makes available to these programs, there are still many needs to be met," Stephan said.