U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, and U.S. Representatives Cheri Bustos and Adam Kinzinger were in Rockford on Monday to announce a grant of $450,000 federal funds to combat domestic violence and human trafficking in the city.
The funding will allow the city to build a Family Justice Center to provide aid to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking.
The Family Justice Center will provide victims of domestic violence a single location for resources and services, bringing together law enforcement personnel, medical providers, prosecutors, social service representatives, and mental health professionals.
According to the City, domestic violence accounts for 34% of Rockford’s violent crime, and 25% of the city’s homeless population were without a residence as a result of domestic violence.