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Safer Tomorrows: Ending Childhood Exposure to Violence Project

Award Information

Award #
Awardee County
Grand Forks
Funding First Awarded
Total funding (to date)

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).

Grand Forks Safer Tomorrow's action plan provides a comprehensive approach to children ages 0 to 17 exposed to violence (maltreatment, domestic violence, sexual assault, bullying, and school and community violence), addressing the full continuum of prevention, intervention (services, policy and collaboration/systems' response), and data. The project involves broad community involvement (51 members from 32 agencies and programs), including the lead agency, the City of Grand Forks, and two co-applicant agencies, the Community Violence Intervention Center (CVIC) and Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota (LSSND), as well as all relevant organizations that address their target populations throughout Grand Forks County. The project is spearheaded by governance and executive committees, with much of the legwork conducted by four working committees (Data, Education and Outreach, System Collaboration and Services, Prevention, and Needs and Resources Assessment) and project staff, aided by advisory committees representing youth, violence survivors and underserved groups. The strategic plan will be implemented by the Safer Tomorrows Collaborative, which includes all relevant public and private organizations involved in responding to CEV.

Date Created: September 19, 2011