Timothy Purdon, RCJC Executive Director Gary Rabe
RCJC awarded $300K grant
The Rural Crime and Justice Center at Minot State University hosted a media conference Wednesday (Oct. 17).where participants unveiled a $300,000 Department of Justice grant aimed at reducing domestic and dating violence, sexual assault and stalking on campus. They also commemorated National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
"I was pleased to join officials from Minot State University and the Minot community to celebrate this important public safety grant and to observe October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month. This grant from the Department of Justice will help ensure that MSU's campus remains a safe place for women who study and work there," said Timothy Purdon, United States attorney for North Dakota.
This grant, from the DOJ's Office on Violence Against Women, is designed for higher education institutions to establish multidisciplinary consortia to combat violent crime against women on campus. Since 1999, the VAW has given $132 million to 360 institutions of higher learning.
MSU's proposal included four components: prevention and education; establishing support mechanisms for victims; creating and implementing training for faculty and staff, and local law enforcement.
"The purpose of this grant is to ensure that MSU remains a safe place for the women who study and work here," said Gary Rabe, RCJC executive director.