Des Moines Area Higher Ed Consortium Receives $510K Grant from U.S. Department of Justice's Office on Violence Against Women

November 7, 2016

Grand View University, Mercy College of Health Sciences, Drake 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 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.

 “Our students, colleges and community will each significantly benefit from this collaborative effort to effectively prevent, address and respond to sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking in Central Iowa,” said Jay Prescott, vice president for student life at Grand View. “The grant will allow us to access resources and provide opportunities for our campus communities that would otherwise not be possible without this award.”

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.