More than 30 local groups that help crime victims will get more than $8 million in grants, S.C. Attorney General Alan Wilson announced Wednesday.
The groups include Richland County’s Mothers Against Drunk Driving and Lexington County’s child abuse and domestic violence groups and programs. Hundreds of thousands of dollars also will be aimed at helping Hispanic victims of crime.
Most of the grants are from the federal government. They are part of a $38 million package of grants for crime victims and crime fighters being distributed to non-profit groups, law enforcement agencies, solicitor’s offices and state agencies across South Carolina.
“A lot of this money is from fines and fees – it comes from the bad guys and goes to the good guys,” Wilson said.
Standing with Wilson at Wednesday’s announcement were more than 25 advocates for crime victims, including Laura Hudson of the S.C. Crime Victims Council and Nancy Barton of Sistercare.
Wilson announced some $10 million in Midlands grants, with the bulk — $8 million — going to groups in Richland and Lexington counties, the largest counties in the Midlands with the most developed support networks for crime victims.
Among the largest grants:
▪ $1.57 million to Sistercare in Lexington County to provide services, including therapy, to domestic violence victims
▪ $1.26 million to Palmetto Health for a forensic nursing program to provide services to child, adolescent and/or adult survivors of sexual assault and abuse
▪ $211,789 to the Lexington County sheriff’s office for victims’ advocates, one specializing in vulnerable adults and another in children
▪ $313,288 to Lexington County’s Dickerson Children’s Advocacy Center to investigate violations of orders of protection, stalking and harassment
▪ $48,000 to the Richland County Sheriff’s Department to hire a specially trained victim’s advocate who speaks Spanish to serve the county’s Hispanic community
▪ $470,000 to the S.C. Department of Social Services to train and supervise volunteers to advocate for abused and neglected children
▪ $375,000 to the Fifth Circuit Solicitor's Office to serve crime victims, including providing victim advocates