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Federal Grants to Reduce Domestic Violence Homicides Announced

March 15, 2013
This week, Vice President Joe Biden and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced that 12 cities and counties nationwide have received grants as part of a new domestic violence prevention program.
The Department of Justice will grant a total of $2.3 million to 12 cities and counties under the new Domestic Violence Homicide Prevention Demonstration Initiative. The program is designed to help state and local jurisdictions reduce domestic violence by identifying victims and monitoring high-risk offenders.
The new program is based on an assessment tool that researchers have identified that can be used to reliably recognize women who may be in fatally abusive relationships. Attempted strangulation, threats with weapons, sexual assault and obsessively jealous and controlling behavior are among the markers of particularly lethal abusers. Once at-risk victims are identified, law enforcement, prosecutors, courts and service providers can take action to protect them and their families.
The grantees this year receiving one-year awards ranging from $100,658 to $200,000 are:
  • Contra Costa County, Calif.;
  • Miami-Dade County, Fla.;
  • Palm Beach County, Fla.;
  • Rockdale County, Ga.;
  • Winnebago County, Ill.;
  • City of Boston, Mass.;
  • Borough of Brooklyn, N.Y.;
  • Westchester County, N.Y.;
  • Pitt County, N.C.;
  • Cuyahoga County, Ohio;
  • City of North Charleston, S.C.; and
  • City of Rutland, Vt.
After the 12-month assessment phase, up to six of the demonstration sites will be selected to continue a three-year implementation phase.
For more information, please read about the Obama Administration's commitment to reducing domestic violence homicides and check out a fact sheet on the link between common sense efforts to reduce gun violence and preventing domestic violence homicides. 

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