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File #: 1237-2019    Version: 1
Type: Ordinance Status: Passed
File created: 4/29/2019 In control: Criminal Justice & Judiciary Committee
On agenda: 5/13/2019 Final action: 5/16/2019
Title: To authorize the City Attorney to accept federal Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) subawards from the Franklin County Board of Commissions Office of Justice Policy and Programs in the amount of $161,148.00 to support domestic violence and stalking prosecution and victim advocacy services; to authorize the transfer of matching funds in the amount of $53,716.00 from General Fund; to authorize total appropriation of $214,864.00; and to declare an emergency. ($214,864.00)
Attachments: 1. 2019 VAWA_Ordinance Attachment
Explanation

Background:
This legislation authorizes the City of Columbus to accept and appropriate two federal Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) grants from the Franklin County Board of Commissions Office of Justice Policy and Programs. Grants support prosecution and victim advocacy services provided by the Columbus City Attorney’s Office. Award dollars fund 1) a portion of salary and fringe for two specially trained domestic violence prosecutors; 2) total compensation for one specially trained anti-stalking victim advocate; 3) and professional development for Domestic Violence & Stalking Unit staff.

The Domestic Violence & Stalking Unit provides best-practice prosecution services for victims of misdemeanor domestic violence and stalking crimes. The unit employs five highly-trained and experienced domestic violence prosecutors, fifteen victim advocates, one stalking investigator, one anti-stalking advocate and hosts professional liaisons from CHOICES domestic violence shelter and Franklin County Children Services. Services provided by the unit are modeled after the National District Attorneys Association’s National Domestic Violence Prosecution Best Practice Guide and are designed to increase and improve victim involvement; decrease recantation; and increase community and law enforcement collaboration. This ordinance authorizes the appropriation of grant funds and the transfer and appropriation of the matching funds required by the grant award.

Domestic Violence & Stalking Prosecutors 18-WF-VA2-8758 Award = $99,540.00
Domestic Violence & Stalking Prosecutors 18-WF-VA2-8758 City Match = $33,198.00
Total- $132,792.00

Domestic Violence & Stalking Prosecutors 18-WF-VA2-4600 Award = $61,554.00
Domestic Violence & Stalking Prosecutors 18-WF-VA2-4600 City Match = $20,518.00
Total- $82,072.00

Combined Award- $161,148
Combined City Match- $53,716
Total $214,864.00



Fiscal Impact:
VAWA awards require a 25% city ($53,716). Matching funds are included in the City Att...

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