Lawrence’s Willow and sexual trauma center to receive about $428K in grants

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Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly speaks to reporters about the coronavirus pandemic during a news conference, Monday, July 6, 2020, at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan. (AP Photo/John Hanna)

Two Lawrence organizations that serve survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence will receive about $428,000 in state and federal grants, Gov. Laura Kelly announced in a Monday morning news release.

The Willow Domestic Violence Center will receive $301,118, and the Sexual Trauma and Abuse Care Center will receive $127,875. In all, Kansas domestic violence and sexual assault programs and children’s advocacy centers will receive a combined $7.8 million.

“COVID-19 has kept us in our homes more than usual, and for some households, this has worsened the forces of domestic violence and sexual assault,” Kelly said. “We have a responsibility to do all we can to protect vulnerable Kansans, and I am hopeful this grant money will provide support to those who need assistance and assurances of safety the most.”

The Willow and the Sexual Trauma and Abuse Care Center will receive funding from the 2021 State General Fund Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault grant, which supports the enhancement and expansion of sexual and domestic violence programs. The Willow will receive $229,142 from that grant, and the Sexual Trauma and Abuse Care Center will receive $127,875. The Willow will also receive $71,976 through the federal Family Violence Prevention & Services Act grant, which funds community-based nonprofit domestic violence organizations.

Last week, the Journal-World reported that The Willow purchased a second shelter and is fundraising for its capital campaign. Executive Director Megan Stuke said these state and federal grants were operating money that the center applies for every year and that the funds were separate from the center’s current capital campaign.

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