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Legislation #: 960497 Introduction Date: 5/2/1996
Type: Resolution Effective Date: 5/9/1996
Sponsor: None
Title: Authorizing the Mayor to submit a grant application under the State Services to Victims Fund to the State of Missouri in the amount of $61,107.00 for a Domestic Violence Victim Assistance Program.

Legislation History
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5/8/1996

Immediate Adoption as a Committee Substitute

5/2/1996

Prepare to Introduce

5/2/1996

Referred Neighborhood Development Committee

5/9/1996

Adopted as Substituted


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COMMITTEE SUBSTITUTE FOR RESOLUTION NO. 960497

 

Authorizing the Mayor to submit a grant application under the State Services to Victims Fund to the State of Missouri in the amount of $61,107.00 for a Domestic Violence Victim Assistance Program.

 

WHEREAS, the State's initial Victim Assistance Program was established by the Missouri General Assembly under the auspices of the Department of Public Safety with the adoption of Section 595.050, RSMo in 1981. The Services of Victims Fund was established under Section 595.100, RSMo in 1988, and consists of money collected pursuant to Section 595.045, RSMo; and

 

WHEREAS, the Missouri Department of Public Safety administers the funds at the State level solely for the administration of contracts for services to victims of crime pursuant to Sections 595.050, 595.055, and 595.105, RSMo; and

 

WHEREAS, the Crime Victims' Compensation Fund has been established in the Missouri State Treasury. A fee of five dollars ($5.00) is assessed as costs in each court proceeding filed in any court in the state for violation of a criminal law of the state, including an infraction and violation of a municipal or county ordinance; and

 

WHEREAS, each year $250,000.00 is allocated to the Crime Laboratories Funds. Seventy-five percent (75%) of the balance goes into the Crime Victims' Compensation Fund. The remaining twenty-five percent (25%) goes to the State Services to Victims Fund; and

 

WHEREAS, the Department of Public Safety will have nearly $950,000.00 in the State Services for Victims Fund available for award for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 1996; and

 

WHEREAS, the City of Kansas City, Missouri, is an "eligible applicant" under the rules and regulations; and

 

WHEREAS, there is a sufficient number of citizens of Kansas City, Missouri, who are victims of violent crime and could benefit under the provisions of the State Services to Victims Fund; and

 

WHEREAS, in 1995 there were over 12,000 arrests in Kansas City for domestic violence assaults. It is in the best interest of Kansas City, Missouri, and its citizens, to apply for a grant from the State of Missouri, Department of Public Safety to secure assistance for its less fortunate citizens who have suffered physical or mental injury through acts which are in violation of criminal laws; and

 

WHEREAS, the Domestic Violence Victim Assistance Program would provide the following support services to the victims of domestic violence, explanation of court proceedings, assistance to prosecutors in case preparation at the Municipal Court level and trial de novo level, notification of victims of continued court dates, encouragement of their participation in prosecution, and referrals to the appropriate court and social service agencies; NOW, THEREFORE,

 

BE IT RESOLVED BY THE COUNCIL OF KANSAS CITY:

 

That the Mayor is authorized to submit a grant application with the State of Missouri, Department of Public Safety under the State Services to Victims Fund, to provide monies for a Domestic Violence Victim Assistance Program.

 

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