Washington, D.C.—U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King announced today that three Maine organizations will receive a total of $1,695,084 over three years to support legal services for victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking. The organizations receiving funding will serve individuals living in Oxford, Franklin, Penobscot, Piscataquis, and Aroostook Counties.
“Legal services are essential for helping to ensure the safety and wellbeing of victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking,” said Senators Collins and King in a joint statement. “This funding will bolster these advocacy organizations’ efforts to provide high-quality legal assistance for victims as well as create additional resources for those who need them.”
The funding was awarded through the U.S. Department of Justice’s Legal Assistance for Victims (LAV) Grant Program. The three Maine organizations receiving funding are as follows:
Oxford and Franklin Counties
Penobscot and Piscataquis Counties
Hope And Justice Project, Incorporated will receive $500,626 over three years. The Hope & Justice Project will implement its LAV grant in partnership with Pine Tree Legal Services, Law Office of Christine Smith, Law Office of Toby Jandreau, and Adam Swanson, Esq. The project will allow the collaborative to support and advocate for 1,500 victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence, and/or stalking in Aroostook County.