$192,000 In Federal Grants To Support Victim Services In Marshall County

Aug 22, 2018

$192,000 is going towards victim services in Marshall County after Governor Matt Bevin approved the grants on Tuesday. 

$175,834 will go towards a “floating” advocate between prosecutors and victims.

Commonwealth’s Attorney Mark Blankenship said the goal of this position is to communicate victim’s needs. He said this could include checking on the victim’s well-being, seeing if they have any unpaid medical bills, or knowing what outcomes they want regarding their court case.

$17,147 is going to Four Rivers Behavioral Health for emergency crisis counseling for students, school staff, families and first responders.

The Justice Cabinet’s Grants Management Branch estimates that close to 1,375 individuals were immediately impacted by the January shooting at Marshall County High School -- including first responders, shooting victims and their friends and family members. Approximately 300 students and 25 school staff members were reportedly within range to see or hear the attack. 

According to Bevin’s office, the Justice Cabinet has channeled more than $348,000 to crisis and advocacy centers in Marshall County. The funds were made available through the federal Victims of Crime Act. 

Marshall County High School received a $138,213 'School Emergency Response to Violence’, or ‘SERV’ grant earlier this month.