$300,000 grant targets domestic violence

The U.S. Department of Justice Office on Violence against Women has awarded Virginia State University a three year, $298,437 grant to fund programs designed to reduce domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking on campus. VSU is one of only 22 projects selected for funding in FY 2012.

This award provides resources to develop and strengthen effective responses to violence against women. The funds will be used to implement comprehensive efforts to enhance victim services along with prevention and education programs, and develop and strengthen security and investigation strategies to prevent, prosecute and respond to domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking crimes.

The grant was written and developed by Dr. Evelyn V. Whitehead, VSU’s Coordinator of Substance Abuse and Sexual Assault Prevention. Dr. Whitehead will serve as the Project Director and work closely with campus and community law enforcement, local hospitals and the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office and a broad cross-section of on-campus departments.

The Office on Violence Against Women received 110 applications requesting over $35 million.  For more information about this project, please contact Dr. Whitehead at ewhitehead@vsu.edu or 804-524-6942.

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