|Congressman Higgins Announces Funding to Combat Violence Against Women at Buffalo State College|
|September 21, 2006|
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) announced that the United States Department of Justice has awarded the State University of New York College at Buffalo a $195,719 grant for initiatives aimed at reducing violent crimes against women on campus.
“According to statistics, an astounding 5.3 million women are abused each year,” said Congressman Higgins. “College campuses, like any community, can be a prime setting for incidents of violence. This funding supports prevention, education and treatment programs which lead to a safer college environment.”
Buffalo State College intends to use the federal funding to: develop an enhanced coordinated response team to violence against women on campus; develop and implement mandatory web-based training on domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking for incoming students; expand coordination between University Police and local law enforcement; enhance the role of University Police in reducing violent crimes against women on campus; train campus judicial/disciplinary boards on responding effectively to charges of sexual violence issues; implement a 24-hour student helpline focused on crimes against women issues; and to conduct a comprehensive needs assessment of violence against women on campus to ensure that the project has accurate and timely information.
The Grants to Reduce Violent Crimes Against Women on Campus Program was authorized by the Higher Education Amendments of 1998 and reauthorized by the Violence Against Women Act of 2000. These grants provide an opportunity for higher educations institutions to establish programs designed to enhance victim services, implement prevention and education programs, and develop and strengthen security and investigation strategies in order to prevent and respond to domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking crimes on campuses.
In addition to the mental and social ramifications of violent crimes against women, the American Institute on Domestic Violence estimates that the health-related costs of rape, physical assault, stalking, and homicide by intimate partners exceed $5.8 billion annually.