I was there to share about statewide and national efforts to address teen dating violence, including exciting national efforts such as CDC’s Rape Prevention and Education and DELTA programs, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Blue Shield Foundation’s Start Strong initiative. I was encouraged when one of the participants shared how successful prevention efforts have been in the schools where she works.
Representative Lucile Roybal-Allard opened the session encouraging the audience to make sure their voices are heard in congress about the need for domestic violence and sexual assault services. Funding opportunities from the Family Violence Prevention and Services Program, Office of Women’s Health and Office on Violence Against Women were described followed by a detailed presentation on how to apply for federal grants by Jewish Women International ’s Deborah Rosenbloom.
Along with updates about the status of efforts preparing to renew the Violence Against Women Act in 2011, a panel including representatives from Peace Over Violence, California Partnership to End Domestic Violence, Jewish Women International, CALCASA, and the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence addressed local, statewide and national efforts to address teen dating violence.
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