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March 2000Vol. 1, No. 1HHS and DOJ Will Jointly Fund Community Initiatives Addressing Child Maltreatment and Domestic Viole

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and Department of Justice will jointly fund demonstration projects in five communities focused on collaborative interventions for battered women and their children.

Communities will receive funding to conduct projects using the guidelines on effective domestic violence and child maltreatment interventions recently published by the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ). A national evaluation of the projects will take place. In addition, one or more organizations will receive Federal funding to provide technical assistance in planning and implementing the guidelines.

At a minimum, communities must collaborate with their local domestic violence service and advocacy provider; public child welfare agency; and juvenile, dependency, or family court. Special consideration will be given to funding a rural site or Indian Tribe as one of the five communities. The Federal agencies plan to fund the projects for at least 3 years and possibly up to 5 years.

Communities were instructed to send a postcard indicating their interest in applying to the Office of Justice Programs by February 29, 2000. These communities have until April 14, 2000, to submit a concept paper to the Administration on Children, Youth and Families Operations Center. The Federal agencies will evaluate the papers and select 10 of the communities to submit formal applications by mid-June 2000.

For copies of the NCJFCJ guidelines, Effective Interventions in Domestic Violence and Child Maltreatment: Guidelines for Policy and Practice, call NCJFCJ at (775) 784-6012.

For more information about the funding of the projects, contact the Administration on Children, Youth and Families Operations Center at (800) 351-2293.