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Aug 31, 2018

Tester Secures Grant to Bolster Lake County Domestic Violence Initiative

Funding will Enhance Victim Safety, Hold Offenders Accountable

(Billings, Mont.) - U.S. Senator Jon Tester has secured nearly half a million dollars to bolster domestic and sexual violence response efforts in Lake County.

The $437,872 grant from the Department of Justice's (DOJ) Office on Violence Against Women will enable Lake County, in collaboration with non-governmental partner Safe Harbor, to increase victim services, update standard operating procedures for local law enforcement, and improve training for people handling sexual and domestic violence cases.

"Helping survivors of sexual and domestic violence recover from violent crimes is critically important," Tester said. "These improvements will foster a community-wide response that utilizes up-to-date practices and tools to ensure survivors are supported and offenders are held accountable."

Tester noted the grant also allows for an update to the Lake County Attorney and Sheriff's protocol for handling such cases, enabling it to be shared with the Flathead Indian Reservation.

Tester has been a staunch defender of sexual and domestic abuse survivors. In 2017 he helped pass the Commerce, Justice, and Science Appropriations Act, which invests $481.5 million in the DOJ's Office on Violence Against Women, and last week he demanded the Senate hold hearings on missing and murdered Native American women.

Office Contact Information

Senator Tester's Montana staff serves the state from offices in Billings, Bozeman, Butte, Great Falls, Helena, Kalispell, and Missoula. Please bring your concerns with federal agencies, academy nominations, and other situations to one of these Montana offices.

Billings

Judge Jameson Federal Building
2900 4th Ave N, Suite 201
Billings, MT 59101
Phone: (406) 252-0550
Fax: (406) 252-7768

Bozeman

Avant Courier Building
1 E Main Street, Suite 202
Bozeman, MT 59715
Phone: (406) 586-4450
Fax: (406) 586-7647

Butte

Silver Bow Center
125 W Granite, Suite 200
Butte, MT 59701
Phone: (406) 723-3277
Fax: (406) 782-4717

Great Falls

119 1st Avenue N, Suite 102
Great Falls, MT 59401
Phone: (406) 452-9585
Fax: (406) 452-9586

Helena

Capital One Center
208 N Montana Avenue, Suite 202
Helena, MT 59601
Phone: (406) 449-5401
Fax: (406) 449-5462

Kalispell

8 Third Street E
Kalispell, MT 59901
Phone: (406) 257-3360
Fax: (406) 257-3974

Missoula

130 W Front St.
Missoula, MT 59802
Phone: (406) 728-3003
Fax: (406) 728-2193

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