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The Montana Board of Crime Control has awarded $4 million in grants to crisis agencies and local law enforcement.

Most of the money awarded this week will be spent on victim services and drug task force programs. 

In Billings, the YWCA received $77,891 for its shelter and crisis line for abuse victims. Billings YWCA also received $13,376  to help victims of sexual violence.

The Yellowstone County Attorney received $57,396 for its victim witness program.

Billings Police received $83,619 for victim and crime related services.

Claudia Weiss, BOCC spokeswoman, said funding levels have been fairly stable over the years. Funding in 2013 was also roughly $4 million.

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Crime victim services took the largest share of grant money, at $1.7 million. Drug task forces received $860,969. Violence Against Women programs, which survived a funding scare in 2013, received $803,925. Juvenile services received $362,546. Sexual assault victim services received $227,966. Domestic violence intervention programs received $105,875.

"One of the most important duties of government is to protect its citizens and ensure public safety," Laura Obert, Montana Board of Crime Control chairwoman said in a prepared statement. "We continue to award this critical funding to help alleviate the economic strain that otherwise would have been placed on local governments." 

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