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Weed & Seed Center for Family Safety Project

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $300,000)

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 Office of the District Attorney of Delaware County's (Upper Darby Weed and Seed Incorporated) Weed & Seed Center for Family Safety (WSCFS) will enable Upper Darby Township victims of domestic violence the opportunity to move safely through the criminal justice system and develop the skills and support to obtain a productive safe life. WSCFS has a three prong purpose to breaking the cycle of violence for resident victims of Upper Darby Township who experience family/domestic violence. Many immigrants/refugees bring with them cultural differences regarding family/domestic violence. Domestic and family violence is often an accepted norm within many of these cultures now making their home in America. These cultural differences often include a reluctance to go to authorities to report crime. WSCFS will focus on this population through outreach, education, and translated materials.


Date Created: September 2, 2009