Joliet Junior College is the only community college in Illinois to receive a grant from the U.S. Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women to help make an impact in the education and prevention of domestic violence against women.
The $297,196 grant, funded under the “Grants to Reduce Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, and Stalking on Campus” program will support a project that was designed by a coalition between JJC and community leaders from Guardian Angel Community Services (GACS) and Will County State’s Attorney Jim Glasgow’s Office.
“To be the only community college in Illinois to receive this grant this year is testimony of the hard work and dedication of all members of this grant committee,” said Grant Director Sherri Morrow. “There are many women within our community dealing with domestic violence, and now we will have the resources and training we need to help them.”
In the spring of 2012, several internal JJC offices worked together with GACS and the state’s attorney’s office to discuss ways to improve community prevention and response resources for domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking, which lead to the grant application process.
Now that JJC has been awarded the grant, the college will use a portion of the funds to hire a project coordinator to help coordinate the activities of the grant. Funds will also be used to help create a community response team; establish a mandatory prevention and education program for all incoming students; develop victim advocacy assistance; train all law enforcement and members of campus disciplinary boards to respond effectively to cases of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking; and re-implement the Lighthouse Project with GACS and the state’s attorney’s office, which was a program designated to assisting victims of domestic violence in the Joliet community.
The college hosted a kick-off event to celebrate achieving the grant and discuss the future goals of the project on Monday, Oct. 29 11 a.m. to noon in the Campus Center board room on Main Campus. Representatives from JJC, State’s Attorney Jim Glasgow and representatives from GACS attended and spoke at the event.
For more information, contact Sherri Morrow at 815-280-2407 or firstname.lastname@example.org