The Clay County Commissioners approved a grant application during a special meeting Monday.
The STOP (Services, Training, Officers and Prosecutors) Violence Against Women Formula grant supports the criminal justice system's response to violence against women and supports the services for the victims.
"It's a grant funded through the state," Victim's Advocate Kelly Mason said. "It pays our salary so that we can help council victims of criminal offenses like battery or sexual offenses. We sit with them during court trials; we're there for support."
Each state and territory must allocate 25 percent of the grant funds to law enforcement, 25 percent to prosecution, 5 percent to courts and 30 percent to victim services. The remaining 15 percent is discretionary within the parameters of the Violence Against Women Act.
The next Clay County Commissioners meeting will be Monday, April 2, at 9 a.m., in the Commissioner's Courtroom at the Clay County Courthouse. All meetings are open to the public.