(Seguin) -- Thanks to a new grant, the Seguin Police Department will be able to do even more to assist victims of domestic violence.
The Seguin Police Department was recently awarded a major grant to fund emergency victims' services. The department will receive $40,000 for housing and other necessary items for victims of domestic violence.
SPD officials say funding will ensure victims have a safe place to begin the process of restoring their physical,
mental and emotional well-being.
Deputy Chief Bruce Ure says the grant will allow SPD to ensure the safety of victims and their children by separating them from the offender.
"As far as I know this is the first grant of this type that's being used in this fashion which is really exciting for us. We're going to help some victims that, quite frankly, we weren't able to help before. This is going to help just reduce the re-offending, the domestic violence victims from being re-offended. So it's really really exciting for us that we're going to be able to have a positive impact," said Ure.
Ure says having a safe place for these victims is crucial for helping them gain long-term independence.
"Oftentimes, separation from the aggressor is critical but the victim just doesn't have a place to go, so they stay with their abuser. Officers are then called multiple times to the same house since the victim doesn't have time to sort things out and make other alternative, long term living arrangements. This grant will allow us to immediately get these victims of domestic violence to a safe location for one or two weeks where they have the time to make
plan for their future," said Ure.
He adds that the local women's shelter is usually full, but when they do have space it's only a short-term solution. These obstacles create a situation where the victim is forced return home where the aggressor lives, and putting
themselves in jeopardy time and again.