Nov 7, 2007    #161
Contact: Angela Turner

UMKC Women’s Center awarded continuation grant from U.S. Justice Department

The University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) Women’s Center has been awarded a grant in the amount of $286,646 from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Violence Against Women. The award is a renewal of a grant first received in October 2005 that was designed to develop and strengthen victim services in cases involving violent crimes against women on campuses.

As part of the grant, the UMKC Women’s Center will continue its partnership with the UMKC Counseling Center, the Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault (MOCSA) and Rose Brooks to work on violence prevention efforts at UMKC. New partners to be added include the Division of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management, University Police Department, Student Life Office, Residential Life and Human Resources at UMKC and the Jackson County Domestic Violence/Sex Crimes Unit.

The grant provides funding for a full-time violence prevention coordinator and a part-time victim services adjudication advisor at UMKC and also allows for the continuation of consultation services from MOCSA and Rose Brooks. The renewal grant will build on the accomplishments of the current grant, including the training of police officers and community assistants, education and prevention efforts aimed at men and the development of the Violence Prevention and Response Task Force.

Funding received from the renewal grant will allow the Violence Prevention and Response Project to continue focusing on the improvement of adjudication procedures and victim services at the university, as well as provide specialized training for professional students and new staff members.

“We are excited to be recognized for our success at implementing violence prevention at UMKC,” said Brenda Bethman, director of the UMKC Women’s Center. “We are grateful to have two of Kansas City’s exceptional anti-violence organizations, MOCSA and Rose Brooks, as well as our other internal and external partners on board with this project as well.”

Created in 1995, the Office on Violence Against Women implements the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) and subsequent legislation and provides national leadership against domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking. The mission of the Women’s Center at UMKC is to advocate, educate and provide support services for the achievement of women’s equity on campus and within the community at large.

UMKC, one of four University of Missouri campuses, is a public university serving more than 14,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students. UMKC engages with the community and economy based on a three-part mission: visual and performing arts, health sciences and urban engagement.


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