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Domestic Violence: A Serious Public Health Problem throughout Illinois' 6th Congressional District

Award Information

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Total funding (to date)
Original Solicitation

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $50,000)

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.

Advocate Health and Hospitals Corporation will use funding from the Fiscal Year 2009 Congressionally Selected Awards Program to address the issue of domestic violence in DuPage County, Illinois. Using coalition building, community education/awareness, training, screening, and community media, funds will be used to increase awareness of this serious women's health issue. Spearheaded by Advocate Good Samaritan, a hospital with a ten year history working in the domestic violence area, current partners include local law enforcement agencies, Family Shelter Services, the YWCA, and the Hamdard Center. Project activities will target patients and hospital employees who are victims of abuse, human resource departments of major employers, health and human service agencies, colleges and universities, law enforcement agencies and the community.


Date Created: September 17, 2009