Mercy College of Health Sciences, Drake University, Grand View University and Simpson College will collectively receive a $510,000 grant for a consortium project entitled “Central Iowa Colleges’ Coordinated Response” submitted to OVW’s "Grants to Reduce Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence and Stalking on Campus Program."
As a recipient of this competitive award, the four local colleges will work together, and with community partners including Polk County Crisis and Advocacy Services, to strengthen and formalize education, policies, procedures and messaging to prevent and respond to sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking.
The Central Iowa Colleges’ consortium proposal was one of 45 grants awarded to institutions of higher education. “We are extremely pleased to have received this grant award from OVW,” said Dr. Karen Anderson, Vice President of Enrollment Management and Student Affairs at Mercy College. “Our colleges have identified the value in sharing resources to ensure consistent messaging and training for college students, faculty, law enforcement and community partners.” Mercy College was the lead applicant on the grant, on behalf of the consortium partners.
About the Justice Department’s Office on Violence Against Women
OVW provides leadership in developing the nation’s capacity to reduce violence against women through the implementation of the Violence Against Women Act and subsequent legislation. Created in 1995, OVW administers financial and technical assistance to communities across the country that are developing programs, policies and practices aimed at ending domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking. In addition to overseeing 21 federal grant programs, OVW often undertakes initiatives in response to special needs identified by communities facing acute challenges.