Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $500,000)
The Recovery Act Edward Byrne Memorial Competitive Grant Program (Byrne Competitive Program) will help communities improve the capacity of state and local justice systems and provide for national support efforts including training and technical assistance programs strategically targeted to address local needs. This competitive grant announcement focuses on initiatives in eight areas: 1) preventing and reducing violent crime through community-based data-driven approaches; 2) providing funding for neighborhood-based probation and parole officers; 3) reducing mortgage fraud and crime related to vacant properties; 4) hiring of civilian support personnel in law enforcement (training staff, analysts, dispatchers, etc.); 5) enhancing forensic and crime scene investigations; 6) improving resources and services for victims of crime; 7) supporting problem-solving courts; and 8) national training and technical assistance partnerships.
Under category 6, South Bay Community Services (SBCS) will use the grant award to provide comprehensive, neighborhood-based services for victims of domestic violence (DV) in close collaboration with local law enforcement agencies. The Domestic Violence Response Team, which responds to calls from police around the clock, visits homes where DV recently occurred to assess the needs and safety of all victims in the household and provides crisis intervention, safety planning, service referrals, and follow-up. SBCS also provides a range of comprehensive services for victims of DV including referrals, counseling, shelter services, emergency food and clothing, transitional housing, therapeutic preschool, trauma-informed co-occurring substance abuse and mental health recovery services, independent living skills, public assistance help, and employment assistance.