Cincinnati – October 9, 2015 - Women Helping Women (WHW) is pleased to announce that the agency has been awarded more than $373,000 in funding for 12 months to support survivors in its two-county region in southwestern Ohio.
On Wednesday, October 7, Attorney General Mike DeWine announced a new statewide initiative to expand crime victim services in Ohio, with more than $51 million in Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) grants distributed to assist victims of crime in the state and to enable survivors to receive critical services.
The Attorney General’s office challenged victim service providers to be bold and creative in their grant applications. WHW responded with a bold and creative proposal and was granted 100 percent of its requested funding, which represents a 94 percent increase in VOCA funding for WHW as compared to the previous years. This significant grant will be transformational for the agency, allowing it to expand its operations to serve many more survivors of gender-based violence in Hamilton and Butler Counties. One important example of the impact the increased funding will have on the community is that WHW will now be empowered to increase its advocacy and support to Greater Cincinnati’s growing Hispanic and Latino community.
Annually, WHW has served approximately 10,000 survivors. With the new funding allocation, WHW will increase its staff by 35 percent as it strives to comprehensively respond to a growing number of survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking. Through its highly-trained staff and volunteer advocates, WHW meets survivors where they are: hospitals, court rooms, campuses, police stations, community support groups, and through the agency’s 24-hour hotline (513.381.5610).
“As Domestic Violence Awareness Month is launched on October, WHW has cause to honor this month through increased advocacy and service to all survivors,” said WHW’s Executive Director, Kristin Smith Shrimplin. She continued, “WHW is built on the values of empowerment, a focus on survivors, and a strong belief in diversity and inclusion so that all survivors are served. WHW is grateful to the Ohio Attorney General’s office for believing so strongly in the work that we do.”