The South Dakota Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault has received a Legal Assistance to Victims Grant for $443,432.
The grant will be used to hire attorneys to represent victims of domestic violence on a variety of issues, including sexual assault, dating violence and stalking. The program will prioritize women whose cases are in one of the nine tribal courts in South Dakota or who have complex jurisdictional issues. If the caseloads remain reasonable, however, any woman in any South Dakota court may be able to get assistance.
The grant comes from the U.S. Department of Justice's Office on Violence Against Women.
The South Dakota Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault was founded in 1978 to provide technical assistance and training to local domestic violence and sexual assault programs as well as to work for the social change necessary to allow all people to live without violence.