Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2010, $140,000)
The Congressionally Recommended Awards Program, authorized by the Department of Justice Appropriations Act, 2010 (Pub. L. 111-117), 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 recommended by Congress, in the amounts specified in the joint explanatory statement incorporated by reference into Pub. L. 111-117, 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 2010 Congressional Budget and by the joint explanatory statement that is incorporated by reference into the FY2010 Department of Justice Appropriations Act.
The Synergy Services, Inc. will provide safety and security for women victims of domestic violence. The goal is to prevent future incidences of family violence through improving coordinated community responses to victims in the judicial/law enforcement and healthcare systems. The project seeks to empower women who are currently or were formerly in a domestic abuse relationship, and provides treatment, education and advocacy aimed at reaching and supporting victims who may not be aware of the severity of their living environments.