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Trauma Services for DV Victims

Award Information

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Funding First Awarded
Total funding (to date)
Original Solicitation

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $250,000)

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 Women's Center and Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh (WC&S) seeks to address the safety of victims of domestic violence and their children through their trauma services which include a 24-hour hotline, emergency shelter, and a children's program. WC&S will use their 2009 Congressionally Selected Award to support the trauma services programs for fiscal years 2009-2011. The target population includes women and child victims of domestic violence in Pittsburgh and Allegheny County. The overarching goal is to provide effective emergency response to victims from the moment that they reach WC&S for support. WC&S seeks to meet these goals by providing: 11,000 nights in shelter to 1000 adult and child victims; 24,000 hours of resident counseling; 10,000 hotline calls to victims for triage and risk assessment; and 16,000 hours of direct services to 700 child victim/witnesses in the children's program.


Date Created: August 27, 2009