Local counseling service for female crime victims receives federal funds

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- Some hardworking Charlottesville area nonprofits who deal with crime victims got a big boost in federal funding.

Governor Ralph Northam announced $35 million in grants to support crime victims services.

One local recipient is The Women's Initiative, which received more than $369,000. The group counsels female crime victims.

Executive Director Elizabeth Irvin says the grant will go a long way.

"We provide mental health counseling, social support, and educational services for women in our community and most of our clients are victims of crime in some way. So this increased funding means we can serve more people," she said.

Irvin says her nonprofit is also looking for matching funds.

Another Charlottesville nonprofit, Ready-Kids, received $319,000.

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