Huntington Beach

Taking aim at violence against women

A NEW POLICE unit specializing in violence against women and children will be formed in the Huntington Beach Police Department, thanks to a grant  (Shutterstock).

A new police unit devoted exclusively to fighting domestic violence against women and children will be coming to the Huntington Beach Police Department.

On Monday the Huntington Beach City Council approved acceptance of a grant worth $203,143 from federal and state sources to launch the program.

The city will pay that amount, which will be totally reimbursed by the grant.

The vote was 5-0, with councilmembers Patrick Brenden and Barbara Delgleize absent.

The grant will pay for a full-time “violence against women” investigator devoted to cases involving domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking and restraining order violations.

It will also fund two-part time investigators in the same field. Additionally, the grant will pay for a contract for services with Waymakers Victim Assistance Program which will provide one full-time, specially trained victim advocate, who will also serve as a domestic violence coordinator and rape crisis counselor.

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