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YWCA Protection from Abuse Project

Award Information

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Original Solicitation

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $400,000)

The Congressionally Selected Awards Program, authorized by the Omnibus Appropriations Act, 2009 (Pub. L. 111-8), helps improve the functioning of the criminal justice system, prevent or combat juvenile delinquency, and/or assist victims of crime (other than compensation). Funds should be used for the projects selected by Congress, in the amounts specified in the joint explanatory statement incorporated by reference into Pub. L. 111-8, and generally consistent with one or more of the following statutory purposes: improving the functioning of the criminal justice system, preventing or combating juvenile delinquency, or assisting victims of crime (other than compensation). Each of these purposes is framed using language drawn, respectively, from the former Byrne discretionary statute, the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act, the Victims of Crime Act, and the Violence Against Women Act. This project is authorized and funded through a line item in the FY 09 Congressional Budget and by the joint explanatory statement that is incorporated by reference into the FY09 Omnibus Appropriations Act.

The YWCA of Greater Cincinnati will use this award to support its Protection from Abuse Program. The primary goal of the program is to increase safety, stability, and self-sufficiency for domestic violence victims and children and to prevent future acts of violence from being perpetuated. The program provides 24-hour hotline assistance and emergency shelter, transitional housing, court advocacy, and batterers' intervention services to confront and change beliefs and behaviors that condone violence against women and children. The YWCA of Greater Cincinnati serves the counties of Brown, Clermont, and Hamilton, and the Protection from Abuse Program is the only program in the area that offers domestic violence shelters and transitional housing that provide safe, secure shelter and necessary supportive services. In order for battered women and children to move toward self-sufficiency and living free from violence, the project will provide comprehensive services that include case management, employment training, legal, financial, and housing assistance, and court advocacy.


Date Created: August 27, 2009