RCJC to mobilize domestic violence and sexual assault response
The Rural Crime and Justice Center at Minot State University was recently awarded a two-year $723,000 contract with the North Dakota Department of Health. The NDDoH was awarded federal funding from the Department of Justice Office of Violence Against Women under the Grants to Encourage Arrest Policies and Enforcement of Protection Orders Program.
The two-year contract partners RCJC and NDDoH with the North Dakota Council on Abused Women’s Services and the University of North Dakota’s Tribal Judicial Institute to establish best practices for responding to domestic violence, provide statewide training and technical assistance on sexual assault investigative policy implementation and response, improve policies and procedures for sexual assault investigation and improve the standards for domestic violence and sexual assault data collection.
"The GTEA grant will challenge communities in northwest North Dakota to coordinate the efforts of domestic violence advocates, law enforcement officers and state’s attorneys by communicating, identifying problems and sharing ideas that will result in improved responses and the application of best practices to enhance victim safety and offender accountability" said Mary Dasovick, director of the Division of Injury Prevention and Control with the NDDoH,
During the two-year project, much of the focus will be on the northwest portion of North Dakota. North Dakota is experiencing shortages in law enforcement personnel and an increase in population, particularly in the northwest region of the state. This funding will enable project staff to develop community teams, including law enforcement, domestic violence advocacy programs and state’s attorneys, to develop strategies for improving the collaborative response to domestic violence incidents. At a statewide level, the project build on past efforts regarding sexual assault investigative policies for law enforcement by providing training and technical assistance to law enforcement agencies on the adaption of the state’s model policy.
"This is an extremely timely and much needed project for North Dakota. No one person or agency can solve these problems. It takes a team approach. This project will assemble teams from law enforcement, prosecutors’ offices and victims’ advocates to collaborate on addressing these challenges in North Dakota," said Gary Rabe, executive director of RCJC. "All of the partners are fully committed to this project, and I look forward to working with them on this problem and having a positive impact on North Dakota."
RCJC is a self-contained research organization located on the MSU campus. The center was initially established in 1999 to explore the unique characteristics of rural crime and deviance. Over the years, RCJC’s role has expanded to include research and evaluation of various aspects related to criminal justice.
For questions, contact Rabe at 858-3507 or email@example.com.