U.S. Attorney Halsey Frank announced the Department of Justice awarded more than $5.5 million in federal funding for groups that are committed to ending violence against women in Maine.

The funding that was announced by the Department’s Office of Violence Against Women will be distributed among almost a dozen groups around the state. Along with funding in the state and the Department of Health and Human Services, local organization New Hope for Women has also earned financing, totaling $515,000.

Earlier this week, U.S. Attorney Frank announced the award of a $770,467 grant to the Passamaquoddy Tribe at Indian Township to battle domestic violence.

“I am very pleased to learn of the announcement of this funding,” Frank said.

“Although great strides have been made in raising awareness about the problem of domestic violence in Maine, much more work remains to be done. It is my hope that this federal funding will help these Maine organizations in their ongoing efforts to end violence against women here in Maine.”

“It is absolutely essential, as a society, to work together to prevent violence,” said OVW Principal Deputy Director Laura Rogers. “We are proud to do our part to support the people of Maine as we all join together to keep victims safe and hold offenders accountable for their crimes.”

The year 2020 marks the 150th anniversary of the Department of Justice. Learn more about the history at Justice.gov/Celebrating150Years.