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Voorhees receives grant through U.S. Department of Justice

January 2, 2014


Voorhees College has recently received a grant to reduce sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking on campus. The grant was awarded through the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office on Violence against Women.
“Our institution is expected to receive a total of $300,000 over the next three years to implement programmatic strategies toward this endeavor,” said Coretta Jamison, project director/victim service provider.
 
Jamison added, “Voorhees will provide bystander intervention training, which will mobilize and organize men to respond to and prevent sexual and domestic violence.  Additionally, all incoming freshmen and transfer students will be provided mandatory prevention education.”
 
The U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Violence against Women received 127 applications requesting more than $35 million. Voorhees was one of only 28 projects selected for funding in 2013.
 
Over the next three years, Voorhees will use the funding to develop and implement campus policies, protocols and services that more effectively identify and respond to the crimes of women and train campus administrators, faculty and staff members. The institution will also implement and operate education programs for the prevention of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking and support improved coordination among campus administrators, campus security personnel and law enforcement to reduce crimes on women.
 
“I commend Mrs. Coretta Jamison on her hard work on campus working with our young women,” said President Cleveland L. Sellers, Jr. “I also thank the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Violence against Women for providing us with an opportunity to continue building a community on campus that uplifts our young women and gives them a voice.”
 
For more information, contact Teesa Brunson, communications director, at 803-780-1194 or at tbrunson@voorhees.edu.