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Defending Childhood Initiative

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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).

Using OJJDP funds, the Shelby County Office of Early Childhood and Youth (SCOECY) will assume leadership of Defending Childhood Initiative to build on the momentum of Operation of Safe Communities including a Coordinated Community Response to Domestic Violence (CCRDV) and the Memphis Youth Violence Prevention Plan. The Shelby County Defending Childhood Model is based on a "No Wrong Door" approach so that children at-risk and those exposed to violence, as well as their families, have seamless access to a full spectrum of coordinated high quality resources, from prevention through intensive intervention. Efforts during the demonstration period in two place-based implementations in the Old Allen precinct in Frayser, Raleigh, and North Memphis; and the Mt. Moriah and Ridgeway precincts in southeast Memphis.


Date Created: September 19, 2011