Los Angeles/ Politics & Govt
AI Assisted Icon
Published on February 28, 2024
Grant Boosts Ventura County DA's Efforts in Combatting Violence Against WomenSource: Unsplash/Mika Baumeister

Ventura County is beefing up its fight against violence toward women with a grant that's putting more firepower in the hands of the local district attorney's office. DA Erik Nasarenko heralded the reception of $202,545 from the California Governor's Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES), aiming to enhance the Vertical Prosecution Program across Ventura, reported the district attorney's office.

The cash infusion, stamped with approval by the Ventura County Board of Supervisors, will partially underwrite a duo of roles: a Deputy District Attorney III and, a Victim Advocate II. This specialized prosecution modus operandi, which the Ventura DA's office has wielded since 2002, binds a prosecutor and a victim advocate to a case from charge to sentence. "Vertical prosecution results in a comprehensive, victim-centered approach that improves access to justice," Nasarenko stated, per the announcement made by the office.

According to officials, the vertical system does more than give victims a structured support system – it hits hard against offenders. The configuration is praised for its knack in wringing out balanced sentences and, putting a dent in recidivism rates, making it a two-pronged blade against repeat transgressors.

Further sweetening the pot, this team-up promises a tight-knit collaboration with the Family Justice Center professionals, thereby, guaranteeing a unified front in the face of violent crimes against women. The Cal OES grant backs this vertical unity through 2024, signaling a continued strife for justice in Ventura County's corridors.