Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2004, $98,948)
The Center for Women and Families (CWF) exists to serve and advocate for women and families who have been affected by rape, sexual assault, domestic violence and economic hardship. CWF provides services through three comprehensive programs: The Rape Crisis Program, The Domestic Violence Program, and Economic Success Programs. Services are available 24-hours, 7 days a week, 365 days per year, regardless of economic status, race, religion, or other demographic variables. The Center is the only agency providing this level of comprehensive services to victims of domestic violence and rape/sexual assault in the service area.
These funds will allow CWF to implement services in seven Kentucky counties to address an under served population -- older youth, primarily teens -- and to address youth violence within the larger context of violence against women (i.e. dating violence) and bullying (power and control) while at the same time enhancing the existing level of service to younger children. Funding will also allow CWF to continue to build organizational capacity in administering and implementing program services that combine financial services (such as youth financial literacy and savings programs), rape/sexual assault services, and domestic violence services for youth. Finally, The Center will continue to pursue match funding to support the provision of education and outreach to pregnant, battered women to promote positive pregnancy outcomes and infant development. All of these program services promote child well-being and may substantially reduce the risk of continued abuse, the perpetration of abuse as adults, and the psycho-economic and behavioral problems of DV victims.