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Counseling Center Receives $500,000 Consortium Grant

Carver and RileySeptember 23, 2013 – Shaw University’s Counseling Center received a $500,000 domestic violence grant from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Violence Against Women the University announced. The Center was awarded the "Resources, Intervention, Services and Education (RISE)” grant as part of a consortium with Bennett College and North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University (NC A&T).

“This grant is a wonderful opportunity for our Counseling Center to increase its domestic violence prevention programming and services for our University community,” said Shaw President Dr. Dorothy Cowser Yancy. “We thank the Department of Justice for funding this important work and we look forward to collaborating with our grant partners Bennett College and NC A&T in implementing these new service programs.”

The Shaw Counseling Center, staffed by Director Jerelene Carver and Counselor Latisha Riley, will use the grant funds to implement intervention and education programs for incoming students and University faculty, staff and campus safety units. Awarded for three years, the grant will focus on reducing domestic and dating violence, sexual assault and stalking on college campuses as well as encourage adoption of comprehensive and coordinated responses to these crimes. Additionally, outreach programming, training and resources will be provided for victim safety, offender accountability and prevention.

“The grant will not only support the Counseling Center but the entire campus community,” said Carver. “We will provide culturally sensitive services that address the unique needs of our students. Additionally, this grant will also allow us to engage university men in preventing violence against women by developing and supporting healthy masculinity.”

Each campus will partner with community-based nonprofit victim advocacy organizations and local criminal justice or civil legal agencies to develop protocols and policies that will treat violence against women as a serious offense as well as offer victim service programs.