Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2010, $159,099)
The Attorney General's Children Exposed to Violence Demonstration Program: Phase I will develop and support comprehensive community-based strategic planning to prevent and reduce the impact of children's exposure to violence in their homes, schools, and communities. A Department-wide committee of bureaus and offices (the Office of Justice Programs' (OJP) Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) and Office for Victims of Crime (OVC), along with the Office on Violence Against Women (OVW), National Institute of Justice (NIJ), Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), and Executive Office of United States Attorneys (EOUSA) jointly manages and supports this project. This program is authorized by the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act, 42 USC §§ 5665-5667; the Department of Justice Appropriations Act, 2010, Pub. L. 111-117; the Violence Against Women Act of 1994, 42 USC § 10403d-2; and the Victims of Crime Act, 42 USC 10603(c)(1)(A).
The purpose of Project Safe Futures is to break the cycle of crime, violence, and abuse in Shelby County with a coordinated community response preventing and reducing the impact of children's exposure to violence. The goals of the project are: 1) improve the quality of programs and services to prevent and reduce impact of children's exposure to violence; 2) establish a comprehensive, coordinated culturally-competent system of prevention, intervention, treatment and response programs and services to prevent and reduce impact of childrens exposure to violence through a "no wrong door approach"; 3) increase family access and utilization of high quality programs and services; 4) improve public policy and funding to build and sustain a coordinated community response; and 5) establish a community-wide continuous quality improvement system to measure, monitor, report and inform system improvements to improve child and family outcomes.