District Attorney’s Office receives $200,000 for victim advocate programs

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Bibb Co. District Attorney David Cooke wanted to connect the community by forming the District Attorney's Faith and Community Leaders Advisory Board.
Bibb Co. District Attorney David Cooke wanted to connect the community by forming the District Attorney's Faith and Community Leaders Advisory Board.

MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Macon-Bibb County Commissioners approved money to help fund the Macon Judicial Circuit District Attorney’s Office’s victim advocate programs on Tuesday.

The near $200,000 comes from a $101,341 Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) continuation award and a $72,962 grant, according to a news release from the district attorney’s office. As part of the VOCA grant, Macon-Bibb County must provide $25,335 in matching funds.

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With the grant money, the district attorney’s office will hire a new victim advocate as part of the Georgia Crime Victims Compensation Program which provides money to help pay for counseling, funeral expenses, medical bills and other costs incurred as a result of crime, the news release states.