The Indiana Criminal Justice Institute (ICJI) announced Monday evening it will provide an additional $740,000 to 43 domestic violence shelters across the state.
The money will be added to the Domestic Violence Treatment and Prevention (DVPT) Fund, which is used to give immediate assistance and short-term support to victims of domestic violence.
The shelters eligible to receive the money are already receiving funds from the ICJI. Governor Mike Pence directed the ICJI to expedite applications for these funds.
ICJI Executive Director Mary Allen says total funding for domestic violence programs exceeds $4.2 million dollars this year, which is one-point-five million more than in 2013.
The domestic violence programs will have to submit their budgets and plans on how the money will be spent to the DVPT Council. The council will then review the information and make recommendations.
The ICJI’s Victim Services subcommittee will ultimately make a decision based on the council’s advice.