Nov 11, 2010    #120
Contact: Laura Byerley
(816) 235-1592

U.S. Dept. of Justice awards UMKC Women's Center and MU with $449,975 consortium grant

The U.S. Department of Justice's Office on Violence Against Women recently awarded the UMKC Women's Center with a $449,975 grant. This is the second renewal of a grant first received in October 2005, which is designed to develop and strengthen victim services in cases involving violent crimes against women.

The new grant will establish a consortium with the University of Missouri-Columbia, supporting programs that focus on violence prevention and underserved populations and facilitating the exchange of ideas between the two campuses. It will provide funding for a full-time victim services adjudication advisor and a part-time violence prevention coordinator at UMKC. The grant also will support police officer and community assistant training, education and prevention efforts aimed at men and the development of a Violence Prevention and Response Task Force.

"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 three of Kansas City's exceptional anti-violence organizations – MOCSA, Rose Brooks and the Kansas City Anti-Violence Project, as well as our other internal and external partners on board with this project. We also are looking forward to our partnership with MU."

About the UMKC Women's Center

The mission of the UMKC Women's Center is to advocate, educate and provide support services for the achievement of women's equity on campus and within the community at large.

About UMKC

The University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC), one of four University of Missouri campuses, is a public university serving more than 15,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students. UMKC engages with the community and economy based on a four-part mission: life and health sciences; visual and performing arts; urban issues and education; and a vibrant learning and campus life experience. For more information about UMKC, visit You can also find us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and watch us on YouTube.

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