Several Erie programs aimed at reducing gun violence and supporting victims of domestic violence and abuse will benefit from $376,741 in state grants announced Thursday.

The funding was awarded by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD). It includes three grants totaling nearly $127,000 under the Victims of Crime Act and one grant of nearly $250,000 under the 2019/20 Gun Violence Reduction Initiative.

"Funding that curbs violence and supports victims helps restore the entire fabric of our community,” said State Rep. Bob Merski. 

The Erie County Gun Violence Reduction Initiative will see $249,996.

“The Gun Violence Reduction Initiative being funded is based on a deterrence model that has proven successful by targeting high-risk individuals and groups through direct communication, enforcement and outreach," said StateRep. Ryan Bizzarro. I’m hopeful that we’ll see meaningful results in Erie.”

Protection from Abuse Coordinated Services, Inc. will get $53,730 for court advocacy, Safe Journey will receive $46,526, and Safenet's Project Protect will benefit from $26,489.

“The PCCD funding will go toward programs that help victims free themselves from the specter of ongoing violence or abuse by obtaining protective orders, finding a safe space, and receiving advice and counseling from trained advocates,” said State Rep. Pat Harkins.

PCCD provides planning, coordination and technical assistance to the state’s criminal justice system. It serves as a clearinghouse for state and federal grants to support criminal and juvenile justice.