Nearly $3M awarded to Ohio to help domestic violence victims

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal government has awarded nearly $3 million to help support victims of domestic violence in Ohio.

Family Violence Prevention and Services Act grants totaling over $2.8 million have been awarded to the state by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Children and Families.

The federal agency says the money is intended to identify solutions and support services that address domestic violence.

Nationally, more than $94 million has been awarded to 56 states and territories to finance and manage local domestic violence programs. Federal officials say that money reaches almost 1,600 domestic violence shelters and over 1,300 non-residential service sites.

Programs funded by the grants serve over 1.3 million victims and their dependents and respond to 2.7 million crisis calls each year.