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CCC awarded 290k federal grant to address domestic violence
CLARKSDALE – The U.S. Department of Justice’s (DOJ’s) Office on Violence Against Women has announced that Coahoma Community College is among colleges and universities nationwide selected to receive a grant to reduce domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking on campus.

CCC awarded 290k federal grant to address domestic violence

Press Release from Coahoma Community College Public Relations; (662) 621-4061 - Brittany Davis-Green - bdavis@coahomacc.edu

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Thu Oct 6, 2016

CLARKSDALE – The U.S. Department of Justice’s (DOJ’s) Office on Violence Against Women has announced that Coahoma Community College is among colleges and universities nationwide selected to receive a grant to reduce domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking on campus.

The DOJ’s Office on Violence Against Women recently disbursed 61 anti-violence grants, totaling $25 million, to 45 colleges and universities across the nation. CCC and Jackson State University were the only schools in Mississippi to be awarded.

CCC’s grant is for $289,304 per year for three years.

This competitive grant funding will enhance victim services, implement prevention and education program, and develop and strengthen campus security and investigation strategies in order to prevent, prosecute and respond to domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking crimes.

"Coahoma Community College is eager to help create a culture that disapproves domestic violence as well as empower victims to have the knowledge and courage to not accept domestic violence,” said CCC President Dr. Valmadge Towner. “As a college of learning and growth, we want to ensure that we unite and defeat domestic violence. This grant will place our college community in a position to stamp out domestic violence in our area by marshaling all resources to identify and stop domestic violence while also engaging our community to have zero acceptance for those who engage in such behavior."

According to a press release from the Office on Violence Against Women, recipients of the grant will work to deliver effective, comprehensive and coordinated strategies that help survivors heal; reduce campus sexual and domestic violence; and improve the institution's response to these crimes.

The awards will make possible a range of services, including specialized training for campus law enforcement, healthcare providers, university housing personnel and others who are often first responders, the release said.