New resource for victims of domestic violence - - Jackson, MS

New resource for victims of domestic violence

By Katina Rankin - bio | email

JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - Victims of domestic violence will soon have a new resource as they seek protection from their attackers.

Starting Friday, the Mississippi Center for Police and Sheriffs will use a 158-thousand-dollar grant to fund a program called the "Stop Domestic Violence Project."

The program will offer free legal advice and advocacy to victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking.

Law-enforcement officers will issue a card to victims with information on how to get in touch with someone from the program.

"A project that is designed to help some of our most vulnerable victims when they very often, as you know, do not know where or to whom to turn," said Commissioner for Public Safety Steve Simpson.  "Now Mississippi, statewide, has a program and a place to turn to."

The grant, along with additional money raised locally, will fund the "Stop Domestic Violence" program and its hotline for one year.

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