Reps. Carbajal and Brownley Highlight $1.6 Million in Federal Funding to Expand Services Offered at Ventura County Family Justice Center with District Attorney Nasarenko

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Congressman Salud Carbajal and Congresswoman Julia Brownley visited the Ventura County Family Justice Center (VCFJC) with Ventura County District Attorney Erik Nasarenko to highlight new federal funding secured to support and expand the services it provides for survivors of domestic abuse, sexual violence, and other violent crimes.

President Biden recently signed into law a $1.67 million award for VCFJC to support the center’s plans to expand capacity and availability of services at their Ventura location. The funding was secured by Rep. Carbajal as part of the Fiscal Year 2024 funding bills approved by Congress in March.

Last year, Rep. Brownley secured $640,000 in federal funding for the Ventura County Family Justice Center’s Oxnard location.

"The Ventura County Family Justice Center provides invaluable support to survivors of domestic abuse, sexual violence, and trauma that can leave them at risk of choosing between homelessness and further violence.” said Rep. Carbajal. “The funding I helped secure in this year’s federal budget will help them expand their capacity to help Ventura County survivors, and I will continue to work in Washington to ensure critical programs like VCFJC have the support they need from Congress to expand and improve their services."

“We are very fortunate in Ventura County to have outstanding support from our Congressional representatives,” District Attorney Erik Nasarenko said. “Congressman Carbajal and Congresswoman Brownley continue to step up and provide critical funding to support victims of crime. We thank them for their ongoing and successful efforts to aid the work of the Family Justice Center.”

“The Family Justice Center and its programs and services have played an instrumental role in how Ventura County, its community partners, and law enforcement address family violence and trauma. The approach is not only comprehensive and holistic, but it is truly life-changing and lifesaving,” said Congresswoman Julia Brownley. "Much like the collaborative effort that takes place at the Family Justice Center to support victims and survivors, it was through collaboration and strong partnerships that Congressman Carbajal successfully carried this project through the appropriations process in Congress and secured federal funding for the expansion of the center’s services. I applaud his leadership, and I look forward to continuing to work together to support the Family Justice Center and its remarkable endeavor in delivering care and hope for those who have been impacted by violence and trauma."

The officials toured Ventura facility and meet with staff providing a range of supportive services for individuals impacted by domestic violence, sexual assault, child abuse, human trafficking, hate crimes, elder and dependent adult abuse, and other violent crimes.

The funding was one of 15 community projects that Rep. Carbajal secured in the most recent funding deal, which provided more than $3 million to Ventura County projects.

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