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State awards UT $287,405 to continue Center for Student Advocacy and Wellness

The Ohio Attorney General’s Office awarded The University of Toledo a $287,405 grant to continue operations of the Center for Student Advocacy and Wellness, which was created three years ago to help victims of sexual violence and raise awareness.

The center recently expanded outreach and awareness services to UT Health Science Campus.

The new funding is part of $111.8 million recently announced to support more than 400 crime service providers through the Victims of Crime Act and State Victim Assistance Act.

“We are grateful for the state’s support to help maintain the important services the Center for Student Advocacy and Wellness provides to survivors of sexual violence, domestic violence, stalking and sexual harassment,” said Dr. Kasey Tucker-Gail, associate professor of criminal justice and director of the UT Center for Student Advocacy and Wellness. “We help victims by offering trauma-informed individual counseling, as well as advocacy and support services to all faculty, staff and students in the UT community.”

“These grants will help provide comprehensive care and critical services for victims of crime,” said Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine, who is governor-elect of Ohio. “The funding will support and expand existing programs throughout Ohio and allow new, innovative programs to develop.”

The funding is part of the Ohio Attorney General’s Expanding Services and Empowering Victims Initiative, which DeWine created in 2015 to determine how grant funds could best be spent to serve victims of crime. The funding goes toward providing services to domestic violence victims, victims of sexual assault or human trafficking, and child victims.