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New Pilot Project Set To Help More Crime Victims On South Coast

Million dollar grant will allow center to be opened in Oxnard to make support services more accessible

Ventura County is getting a million dollar state grant to better serve some of the county’s crime victims.

The Ventura County District Attorney’s office is going to open a pilot Family Justice Center in Oxnard to help victims. Oxnard-area residents make up more than a third of the people now receiving services at the Ventura facility. But, because of issues ranging from language barriers to transportation issues, many victims are going unserved.

The satellite center’s services include helping people impacted by domestic violence, sexual abuse, hate crimes, and other forms of violence.

Democratic Assemblywoman Jacqui Irwin of Thousand Oaks helped secure the million dollars in funding, which was in the new state budget signed by Governor Gavin Newsom.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral.