Douglas special victims unit receives grant |

Douglas special victims unit receives grant

R-C Capitol Bureau

Douglas County’s Special Victims Response Team received a $748,154 grant from the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate instances of domestic battery.

The grant is part of $7 million awarded to Nevada to help law enforcement, tribes, state and local governments across Nevada curb domestic and sexual violence.

In Nevada, U.S. Attorney Nick Trutanich said the project is being named Project Veronica in honor of Veronica Caldwell who was shot and killed by her husband. He also killed Veronica’s daughter and her boyfriend.

“No one in Nevada ought to experience this kind of violence and I want survivors to receive every support and resource necessary to heal and feel safe,” said Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto, D-Nev. “Unfortunately, the coronavirus pandemic has increased pressure on families during this time, making these funds all the more important as a lifeline for victims.”

The Nevada Attorney General’s Office will receive $1.7 million for the Services Training Officers Prosecutors program to strengthen enforcement, prosecution and victim services.

The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges will get $1.55 million to build capacity in the criminal justice systems in Nevada to better respond to those crimes.

The Clark County DA will get $600,000 to prosecute domestic violence-related gun crimes and the Nevada AG’s sexual assault services program $416,734 to provide grants to support rape crisis centers and non-profit, non-government-organizations that provide services for victims.