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Defending Childhood

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2011, $2,000,000)

The Attorney General's Children Exposed to Violence Demonstration Program: Phase II will develop and support comprehensive community-based strategic planning and implementation efforts 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).
Cuyahoga County's Defending Childhood Initiative has rich foundation of programming and system coordination initiatives for children and families that focus on collaboration and best practice models. Using grant funds, Cuyahoga County will utilize a comprehensive child well-being system addressing pre-natal through school-age youth. Multi-system, high, and special need populations will be addressed in a range of model programming around infant mental health, juvenile justice and behavioral health, and child welfare and trauma.

Date Created: September 19, 2011