SOS has had two state grants renewed to help with outreach efforts.
SOS locally is receiving over $180,000 as part of the 2014 Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Services grnt program. This effort provides money for outreach, support services and training for both victims and service providers. The grant is about $3,000 less than what SOS received last year.
SOS is also receiving almost $50,000 for its Child Advocacy Center. Grant awards help to hire and train staff. They also set the foundation for solid forensic interviews, and provide funding for case review teams. The grant is about $1,000 more than the total for last year.
Three years ago 10 percent of adult women in Kansas, or over 106,000, reported being victimized by some sort of domestic violence. Victims often don't report violence because of coercion, threats, emotional or economic abuse, isolation or manipulation of some sort.
For information about SOS, call 343-8799 or go online to www.soskansas.com.