Federal Grants Combat Domestic Violence in Rockford

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ROCKFORD — City officials will team up with social service providers to tap into a federal grant that trains men and boys as allies in the fight against domestic violence and sexual abuse.

The nearly $350,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women, will be used to create educational programs that encourage men and boys to work as allies with women, girls and marginalized communities to prevent domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault. , harassment and sex trafficking.

“Too many American children carry the burden of trauma after being exposed to violence at such a young age,” US Senator Dick Durbin, D-Illinois, said in a press release. “Often these children are left without support to cope with their experience.”

The project will develop and implement a train-the-trainer program for community-based organizations or programs to integrate education and/or training into their existing work with male clients to prevent violence against women and girls. Partners for this grant include the YMCA, Boys and Girls Club, Rockford Park District, The Wright Way and the LIAM Foundation.

Rockford also received a separate grant of $843,521 over 36 months from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention to establish a community healing center at the Boys and Girls Club on Kilburn Avenue.

Similar to the Family Peace Center model, this center will be a multi-agency facility where children exposed to violence and their families can access healing and support services that promote trauma recovery, youth development and prevention. and violence interventions.

Partners include Winnebago County Juvenile Probation, City Department of Health and Human Services, Rockford Police Department, Boys and Girls Club, Region 1 Planning Board, Children’s Center Carrie Lynn, the Center for Family Peace, RAMP, the Winnebago County State’s Attorney’s Office, The Wright Way and Youth Services Network, according to a news release.

“We are thrilled to bring over $1 million to our community for crime prevention and intervention efforts with our youth,” Mayor Tom McNamara said in the statement.

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