Three Maryland colleges are among 57 institutions granted funds from the Justice Department's Office on Violence Against Women.
The grants are meant for campuses to build programming and services to respond to crimes of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking.
Anne Arundel County Community College, Harford Community College, and the University of Maryland Eastern Shore were the three schools targeted for the OVW's grants. In total, $18 million was awarded to schools across the country.
Grant recipients can take the funds and coordinate with local law enforcement and prosecutors, campus security, campus athletics programs, Greek life organizations, off-campus victim services, healthcare providers, university personnel, and other key players who can help reduce the frequency of sexual violence.
“It is vital to keep our students safe on campuses by supporting programs that take a coordinated community approach to education and prevention of sexual assault on our college and university campuses,” said OVW Acting Director Katharine Sullivan. “OVW is proud of our innovative approach to the development of the campus grant programs. We welcome our new grantees and congratulations to our continuing grantees.”