The Board of Supervisors Tuesday authorized Riverside County District Attorney Mike Hestrin to apply for a federal Violence Against Women Act grant in support of programs that will assist prosecutors in better handling cases involving victims of sexual assault, stalking, dating and domestic violence.
According to the District Attorney’s Office, about $2.2 million in grant funding is available in the next fiscal year, and Riverside County could receive up to 10 percent of that, if approved.
The governor’s Office of Emergency Services is tasked with deciding which entities in California are eligible for funding.
“This (grant) program promotes the development and the implementation of effective victim-centered law enforcement, prosecution and court strategies to address violent crimes against women,” according to a District Attorney’s Office statement posted to the board’s agenda.
The agency has received disbursals under the Violence Against Women Act program for the last 14 years, prosecutors said.
If funds are approved, the District Attorney’s Office will have to expend the money during the 2018-19 fiscal year, which begins July 1.
According to the agency, the funds would be utilized for efforts countywide.