For Immediate Release
Saturday, December 13, 2008
Contact: Jo Johnson 703-228-1678 (voice) 703-228-1788(TTY)
ARLINGTON, Va. – Project PEACE (Partnering to End Abuse in the Community for Everyone), Arlington’s coordinated community response to domestic violence, has been awarded a $385,000 grant by the Department of Justice’s Office of Violence Against Women.
“This is a major step forward in our efforts to address and prevent domestic violence in the community,” said Project PEACE Chair and Arlington County Board Vice Chair Barbara Favola. “The grant money will allow us to add dedicated staff at key points in our response system and will help us establish a seamless service approach for clients.”
The data will give Project PEACE a baseline of information that is not currently available, and enable County staff to strategically direct future efforts. Currently, each agency or unit collects data that describes their contact with domestic violence cases and no one is able to see the impact of interventions that span across divisions and organizations.
New understandings of existing information can be gathered when the information system “connects the dots” between agencies and units. For example, police will be able to learn how often emergency protection orders expire and are not served for different groups of community residents, something we are unable to do at present.
By identifying trends, Arlington County will be able to determine how to intervene strategically with its highly mobile, diverse populations.
The two-year grant, which is renewable, will provide $384,944 for 2.5 positions and the development of the information system. The staffing component includes:
Project PEACE is a coordinated initiative to end domestic violence in the Arlington community. Members of Project PEACE represent all facets of Arlington County, with active participation from:
For more information call Jo Johnson, Project PEACE Coordinator, at 703-228-1678 or visit the Project PEACE website.
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