JUSTICE DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES $6.9 MILLION IN GRANTS TO ENGAGE MEN IN PREVENTING CRIMES AGAINST WOMEN
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) announced $6.9 million in awards to 23 projects in the Engaging Men in Preventing Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence and Stalking Grant Program (Engaging Men Grant Program). This is the first time in the history of OVW that a grant program directly encourages men to be part of successful crime prevention efforts addressing sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking, and to become partners in creating respectful and positive relationships.
The Engaging Men Grant Program creates a unique opportunity for OVW to support public education campaigns and community organizations to encourage men and boys to work as allies with women and girls for preventing violence.
“All men play a critical role in preventing crimes against women and are important partners in our effort to address the full spectrum of these crimes,” said Susan B. Carbon, Director of the Office on Violence Against Women. “These grants and the work of the grantees will provide the framework for extending and developing these partnerships across the country.”
The funded projects include non-profit non-governmental victim services agencies; non-profit community based agencies; state domestic violence or sexual assault coalitions; an institution of higher education; a unit of local government; a tribal coalition; and a tribal non-profit victim services agency. These awards are part of OVW’s ongoing commitment to support gender and culturally specific education on healthy relationships and strengthen existing community outreach efforts to men and boys.
The following 23 organizations received $300,000 :
· Alaska Network on Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault (Juneau, Alaska)
· Korean American Family Service Center Inc. (Los Angeles)
· Peace Over Violence (Los Angeles)
· Howard University (Washington, D.C.)
· Tapestri Inc. (Tucker, Ga.)
· Idaho Coalition Against Sexual & Domestic Violence (Boise, Idaho)
· Maine Boys to Men (Portland, Maine)
· Maine Coalition to End Domestic Violence (Augusta, Maine)
· Boston Public Health Commission (Boston)
· Michigan Coalition Against DV and Sexual Assault (Okemos, Mich.)
· Family & Children’s Service (Minneapolis)
· Minnesota Indian Women’s Sexual Assault Coalition (St. Paul, Minn.)
· North Carolina Coalition Against Sexual Assault (Raleigh, N.C.)
· North Dakota Council on Abused Women’s Services (Bismarck, N.D.)
· Enlace Comunitario (Albuquerque, N.M.)
· Family Services Inc. (Poughkeepsie, N.Y.)
· Retreat Inc. (East Hampton, N.Y.)
· Vera House Inc., (Syracuse, N.Y.)
· Klamath Crisis Center (Klamath Falls, Ore.)
· White Buffalo Calf Woman Society Inc. (Mission, S.D.)
· Migrant Clinicians Network Inc. (Austin, Texas)
· Migrant Health Promotion Inc. (Weslaco, Texas)
· Refugee Women’s Alliance (Seattle)
The Office on Violence Against Women (OVW), a component of the U.S. Department of Justice, provides leadership in developing the nation’s capacity to reduce violence against women through the implementation of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) and subsequent legislation. Created in 1995, OVW administers financial and technical assistance to communities across the country that are developing programs, policies and practices aimed at ending domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking. In addition to overseeing 21 federal grant programs, OVW often undertakes initiatives in response to special needs identified by communities facing acute challenges.
More information is available at www.ovw.usdoj.gov .