Our Mission

Government Shutdown:

Our mission at CEASE, Inc. is to support victims of domestic violence and sexual assault enabling them to live violence free lives, while striving to create violence free communities through education and awareness.
If the government continues to stay shutdown past the end of February, we are in danger of having to lay off some of our advocates to make sure that we can keep our shelters up and running as long as we can. During this time we are in need of
donations and volunteers. If you would like to donate please
click the button below. If you would like to volunteer, call us at
423-581-7029 or email [email protected]

Healthy Relationship Workshop


CEASE is doing a Healthy Relationship Workshop for the schools in our six counties. They are forty minutes classes given by trained advocates to educate students on relationship safety. Teen Dating Violence Awareness month is February and it is very important that our youth know the signs of an unhealthy relationship! Just give us a call to set up a workshop for your students!

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In response to many questions about how CEASE, as a non-profit agency, is effected by the government shutdown I would like to share some information about the VOCA (Victims of Crime Act) Grant that we receive. Here is the current status and the background of the grant and fund source. (The following was taken from the NCVAA Website)
As of December 22, 2018, a portion of the federal government has shut down (technically known as a lapse in appropriations). This includes the Justice Department Office of Justice Programs (OJP) Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) which administers the Crime Victims Fund.

OJP has announced it has carryover funds to continue to process funding requests from grant recipients through January 18. However, those requests are submitted to the Treasury Department for payment. It is not known whether or when Treasury will actually make payments.
What this means is that many State VOCA assistance programs may not be able to draw down federal VOCA funds to reimburse local victim service agencies which may encounter serious cash flow problems. In other words, local VOCA-funded programs may not be able to continue paying its staff that provides direct, often life-saving services to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, child abuse, human trafficking, elder abuse and all other types of crimes. The longer the shutdown continues, the more severe the consequences for crime victims will be.

Background
The Crime Victim Fund helps an average of 3.7 million victims of all types of crime every year.
The Fund comes from the collection of Federal criminal fines; not taxpayers.
Congress has repeatedly pledged that all amounts deposited into the Fund would remain available for victim services.
The Victims of Crime Act of 1984 is the Federal government's principle means of providing support for programs that serve victims of all types of crime. Each year, Federal criminal fines, forfeitures and special assessments are deposited into the Crime Victims Fund (the Fund).


These offender generated revenues -- NOT TAXPAYER DOLLARS -- are used to support these programs:
Children’s Justice Act -- to improve the investigation and prosecution of child abuse cases; U.S. Attorney’s victim/witness coordinators -- to provide assistance to victims involved in Federal criminal prosecutions by funding 170 FTE United States Attorney Office victim assistance coordinators;
F.B.I. victim assistance specialists-- to help victims during Federal criminal investigations by funding 112 FTE victim assistance specialists;
Federal victim notification system -- to provide automated notification to victims of the status of Federal criminal investigations and prosecutions and the offender's status in the Federal prison system;
OVC discretionary grants -- to support national scope training and technical assistance and to provide services to victims of Federal crimes;
State compensation formula grants -- to supplement State funds used to reimburse victims of violent crimes for medical expenses, mental health counseling, lost wages, loss of support and funeral/burial costs;
State victim assistance formula grants -- to support direct victim assistance services -- such as counseling, emergency shelter, rape crisis centers, help in participating in the criminal justice system.


Approximately 3.5 million - 4 million crime victims receive these services by more than 4,000 agencies annually;
Antiterrorism Emergency Reserve -- to replenish a special $50 milllion reserve to assist victims of domestic and international terrorism and mass violence.
Since FY 2015, $10 million per year for the Justice Department Office of Inspector General
Since FY 2016, transfer to the Office on Violence Against Women ranging annually from $326 million to $492 million
3 percent of the VOCA cap set aside for tribal grants.
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