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Thousands alotted for support groups

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Department of Justice has awarded the North Dakota Department of Health $270,447 to support agencies that serve victims of sexual assault.

The funds are made available through the Sexual Assault Service Formula Grant Program, according to a news release from Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D.

“We are working hard to provide the assistance our local officials need to not only prevent crime in our state, but also to help them alleviate the impacts of crime,” Hoeven said in a statement. “To that end, these funds will help provide the support and care victims of sexual assault most need in their time of crisis.”

The funds come the same week as a $3 million grant that will help rural and tribal officials prosecute crimes of violence against women in the Bakken region of North Dakota and Montana.

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