The Violence Prevention & Advocacy program is largely funded by a federal grant from the Office on Violence Against Women (OVW), known as the OVW Campus Program grant. The OVW Campus Program grant is a 3 year grant, which our team obtained in the 2021-2022 academic year. Our current plans and funding will carry our team through the end of the 2023-2024 academic year.
Per the funders, the ultimate purpose of the Campus Program is to create an effective, comprehensive response to sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking, focusing on both prevention and intervention. The three broad goals of the Campus Program are: 1) broad campus and community engagement, 2) reducing sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking, and 3) effective intervention.
The Violence Prevention & Advocacy program will be addressing the three main goals above across five areas, as outlined by the OVW Campus Program.
Coordinated Community Response Team (CCRT): a workgroup composed of a wide range of staff, faculty, students, and community partners, who will lead the work we do
Comprehensive prevention efforts: including mandatory prevention and education programming for all incoming students, as well as ongoing prevention training and programming
Student Conduct: providing ongoing training for all people involved in the student conduct or resolution process, particularly in coordinating resources and developing clear protocols.
Law Enforcement: providing ongoing training for all campus safety staff to effectively respond to incidents of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking.
Survivor Services: providing confidential survivor services and advocacy, with a focus on groups that have been historically underserved and marginalized by support services