UNCW Wins $300,000 Grant from White House

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Wilmington, N.C. (October 21, 2014) - The University of North Carolina Wilmington is one of just 18 universities nationwide being awarded a $300,000 grant from the Department of Justice’s Office on Violence Against Women as part of the White House’s recently launched “It’s On Us” campaign. Coordinated through UNCW’s CARE, funds will be used to further develop programs addressing sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence and stalking prevention on the UNCW campus.

"This grant is a testament to the strength of UNCW’s established programs for victim advocacy and will allow us to take a comprehensive approach to further reduce assault and violence among students, faculty and staff,” said Rebecca Caldwell, Director of Substance Abuse and Violence Prevention & Education, CROSSROADS and CARE programs. “We are eager to begin working with campus constituents and community partners to enhance existing programs and develop new initiatives that will provide awareness and resources for sexual assault and violence victims.”  

UNCW will receive $300,000 over a period of three years. Program development will be led by CARE in collaboration with campus and community partners including the New Hanover County (NHC) district attorney, the NHC Sheriff’s Office, UNCW and Wilmington Police Departments, UNCW’s Student Health Services, Office of the Dean of Students and Transition Programs. Regional rape crisis and domestic violence victim services organizations will provide additional support.

The university seeks to establish additional victim advocacy services, with special attention to those in the aftermath of trauma, and high-risk and underserved populations. UNCW will also enhance the Coordinated Community Response Team model with active prevention and intervention teams. This project has an emphasis on campus-wide accountability for violence prevention and bystander intervention through a series of programs under the umbrella theme “Every Stand Matters.”

Only 17 other higher education institutions will be receiving funds from the Department of Justice, which is awarding a total of $6 million on behalf of “It’s On Us.”