PROVIDENCE (AP) — More than 1,200 Rhode Island residents who were victims of violent crimes received financial assistance from a program in the state treasurer's office in 2019.

The beneficiaries of the program last year, including about 200 children, received more than $1 million in total financial assistance from the Crime Victim Compensation Program, managed by the office of Treasurer Seth Magaziner.

“The toll of being a victim of violent crime is high enough without the victims having to endure financial costs to overcome the challenges they face," Magaziner said in a statement this week .

According to his office, there were 42 victims of domestic violence among those who received assistance from the program in 2019, and they received emergency relocation funding to immediately escape unsafe, life-threatening living situations. The program also paid for mental health counseling for 36 minors who witnessed acts of domestic violence or homicide.

More information about the program can be found online.

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