St. Louis County, MO (January 14, 2020) - County Executive Sam Page announced a Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) grant that will fund operational costs at the Kathy J. Weinman Shelter.
The grant will supply $569,712 through September 30, 2021. The County appropriated $142,428 as a local match for the grant.
VOCA is United States federal program to help the victims of crime through direct means of support. VOCA aids with medical bills, lost wages, and temporary shelter services.
According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV), intimate partner violence accounts for 15% of all violent crime in the United States. In Missouri alone, 34,841 adults, youth, and children received domestic violence services in 2014. But more than 23,000 people were turned away from full shelters the same year.
“More than a third of women will experience violence at the hands of their partner,” explained County Executive Sam Page. “Every County resident deserves to feel safe. This is why I’m committing our efforts at the County to legislation and practical resources, so everyone knows they have a place to go in a crisis. At the Weinman Shelter, we are committed to offering a meaningful, trauma-informed safe space for women and children in St. Louis County.”
The shelter funding announcement follows last week’s legislation to ban those convicted of domestic violence from carrying or concealing firearms. County Executive Page’s administration continues to push for systems that prioritize public safety.
“At the Weinman Shelter, we strive to empower residents by validating their experiences and providing them with pathways to break the cycle of violence,” said Andrea Jackson, Director of Human Services. “Additional funding through VOCA will help us provide these comprehensive and confidential services for those in need throughout the County.”
The Kathy J. Weinman Shelter is a 41-bed domestic violence program for women and children. County staff provide services that include crisis intervention, case management, and referral services. The shelter operates 24 hours a day, every day of the year.
Those interested in learning more about the Kathy J. Weinman Shelter or Volunteering at Weinman Shelter may call 314-423-1117 and ask for the Community Service Coordinator.