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Wednesday - August 4, 2004


RALEIGH - United States Attorney Frank D. Whitney said that the U. S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs (OJP), has announced a grant of $763,322.00 to North Carolina, through the FY 2004 Rural Domestic Violence and Child Victimization Enforcement Grant Program, to be administered by the North Carolina Department of Crime Control and Public Safety. According to OJP, this Grant Program implements certain provisions of the Violence Against Women Act, which was enacted in September 1994 as Title IV of the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994 and reauthorized in the Violence Against Women Act of 2000. The program strengthens the safety of victims of domestic violence, dating violence, and child abuse who live in rural areas by creating and enhancing collaborative partnerships between criminal justice agencies, victim services providers, and community organizations to respond to crimes of domestic violence, dating violence, and child abuse, and to provide services to the victims of such violence.

With FY 2004 funding, the North Carolina Department of Crime Control and Public Safety will continue their Rural Outreach Initiative. The Rural Outreach Initiative will expand and enhance advocacy and outreach services to victims of domestic violence in 11 of North Carolina's rural counties. Special attention will be directed toward under served populations including: Appalachian, Latino, African American, and victims of dating violence. The 11 targeted rural counties will be served through partnerships with five existing nonprofit domestic violence service providers: Family Violence and Rape Crisis Services, serving Chatham County; Helpmate of Madison County, serving Madison County; S.A.F.E., serving Greene County; SafeSpace, serving Franklin County; and the Thirtieth Judicial District Domestic Violence-Sexual Assault Alliance, serving Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Jackson, Macon, and Swain Counties.

For more information about this grant, contact the Office of Justice Programs' Office of Communications at 202/307-0703.

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