Carson City, Nevada - The Division of Child and Family Services (DCFS) has published the award recipients for 16 grant awards totaling $3.7 million from the Account for Aid for Victims of Domestic Violence.

Did you know that a portion of the fees for every marriage license issued in Nevada goes into the Account for Aid for Victims of Domestic Violence Fund?  The funds assist victims of domestic violence only within the state of Nevada and victims of sexual assault in Clark County. When the grant program was initially adopted in 1981, the Marriage License Funds were given to the respective county commissions and they then administered the grant.  Today, the grant is administered through the Division of Child and Family Services.

“It is remarkable that in 1981 the Nevada Legislature understood the need to provide stable funding for services for victims of domestic violence.   The fund they created in 1981 continues to ensure availability of life-saving services to this day.” - Susan Meuschke, Executive Director for the Nevada Coalition of End Domestic and Sexual Violence.

The Account for Aid for Victims of Domestic Violence, also known as Marriage License Funds, provides funding to nonprofit organizations who provide services exclusively for victims of domestic violence in Nevada and a portion of the funds assist sexual assault victims in Clark County.  The allocation of the funds is set by Nevada Revised Statutes (NRS) which states that the organizations granted must receive at least 15% of its money from sources other than the Federal Government, the State, any local government, or other public body or their instrumentalities.  NRS 217.400 thru 217.475 provide DCFS with the eligibility criteria for the grant. 

The funds are awarded to agencies that primarily provide domestic violence shelters in Nevada. In State Fiscal Year 2017, over 92,000 victims received assistance through the grant.