UNCW has been awarded a $300,000 federal grant to combat violence against women on campus. (Source: WECT)
WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) -
The University of North Carolina at Wilmington has been awarded a $300,000 federal grant to help combat violence against women on campus.
The grant was awarded by the Department of Justice's Office as part of the White House's recently launched "It's On Us" campaign. UNCW is among 18 universities to receive the grant.
UNCW, coordinated through its Collaboration of Assault Response and Education Office (CARE), will use the funds to further develop programs addressing sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking prevention on campus.
“This grant is a testament to the strength of UNCW's established programs for victim advocacy and will allow us to take a comprehensive approach to further reduce assault and violence among students, faculty and staff,” said Rebecca Caldwell, Director of Substance Abuse and Violence Prevention & Education, CROSSROADS and CARE programs. “We are eager to begin working with campus constituents and community partners to enhance existing programs and develop new initiatives that will provide awareness and resources for sexual assault and violence victims.”
UNCW will seek to establish additional advocacy services, with special attention to those in the aftermath of trauma, and high-risk and underserved populations.
The university will also look to enhance the Coordinated Community Response Team model with active prevention and intervention teams.
UNCW aims to have an emphasis on campus-wide accountability for violence prevention and bystander intervention through a series of programs under the umbrella theme "Every Stand Matters."
The Department of Justice awarded a total of $6 million on behalf of the "It's On Us" campaign.