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WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 1998202/307-0703

JUSTICE DEPARTMENT FUNDS COMMUNITY INITIATIVES

TO TREAT DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AS A CRIME

DOJ Also Releases New Stalking Report

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Justice Department today announced $53.8 million for 90 jurisdictions through the Violence Againt Women Act's Grants to Encourage Arrest Policies to help investigate and prosecute domestic violence as a serious crime. The Department also today released a report on the incidence of stalking and domestic violence and the effectiveness of state anti-stalking efforts and legislation.

"These funds will allow police departments to implement policies that mandate or encourage the arrest of batterers and enforce protection orders," said Attorney General Reno. "It will also provide for the education of judges and others about domestic violence, develop systems to track domestic violence cases and strengthen services for victims of domestic violence -- things that will help communities work together to let offenders know that domestic violence will not be tolerated."

The Office of Justice Programs' (OJP) Violence Against Women Grants Office (VAWGO) is awarding funds to 78 communities to continue projects begun with FY 1996 and FY 1997 dollars. Twelve new grantees will receive funding to implement practices that foster collaboration among law enforcement officers, prosecutors, judges and victim advocates.

"This program is helping communities to advance a coordinated criminal justice system response to domestic violence, which improves the safety of women and their children and holds offenders accountable," said Laurie Robinson, Assistant Attorney General for OJP. "In many jurisdictions, from Massachusetts to Tennessee to Colorado Springs, teams made up of police officers, prosecutors and victim advocates are working together to arrest and prosecute batterers, enforce protection orders and ensure victims have access to services."

In Salem, Massachusetts, police officers are using arrest funds to identify offenders in the community with outstanding warrants. Shelby County, Tennessee's domestic violence court program, which involves a collaborative effort among the district attorney's office, pretrial services, victim advocates and law enforcement officers, will use the funds to handle domestic violence felony cases.

Grant recipients will also use their funds to combat stalking. Colorado Springs' Domestic Violence Emergency Response Team (DVERT), a multi-disciplinary team of patrol officers, prosecutors, victim advocates and human services case workers who respond to high-risk-for-fatality domestic violence cases, will implement new protocols for domestic violence cases involving stalking and sexual assault.

The DVERT program is described in more detail in the Department's new report, "Stalking and Domestic Violence: The Third Annual Report to Congress Under the Violence Against Women Act." The report includes information about sentencing and supervision strategies pursued by some jurisdictions and a state-by-state review of antistalking statutes.

"Overall, the report provides evidence that state antistalking laws are making a difference," said Bonnie Campbell, Director of the Violence Against Women Office. "Since enactment of these laws, the number of stalking cases reported to police has increased substantially."

The federal government also has successfully prosecuted several stalking cases under the federal anti-stalking statute passed by Congress in 1996. Some of these cases are discussed in the report. The report also includes information concerning existing or proposed state laws and penalties for stalking crimes against children, as directed by Congress this year.

Criminal justice officials interviewed for the report agree that the sentencing phase is the point at which the criminal justice system can place constraints on stalkers' behavior and that the sentencing of stalkers must center around victim safety and offender accountability. Supervision must be addressed at every stage in managing stalking cases: from arrest of the offender, to conviction and sentencing, to the person's release back into the community.

Attached is a list of the specific grant awards, identified as implementation or enhancement grants. To learn more about the arrest program and other violence against women efforts or to get a copy of the stalking report, visit the Violence Against Women Grants Office website at http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/VAWGO or OJP's website at http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov, or call the National Criminal Justice Reference Service toll-free on 1/800-851-3420.

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After hours contact: Linda Mansour on 202/616-3534 or page on 888/582-6750

OFFICE OF JUSTICE PROGRAMS

FY 1998 GRANTS TO ENCOURAGE ARREST POLICIES

NEW IMPLEMENTATION GRANTS

STATE

GRANTEE

AMOUNT

CONNECTICUT City of Greenwich

$370,126

HAWAII Hawaii Department of the Attorney General

$64,000

IDAHO Idaho Department of Law Enforcement

$49,514

INDIANA City of Indianapolis

$518,998

MICHIGAN Washtenaw County

$367,930

NEW HAMPSHIRE Strafford County Commissioners

$622,751

NEW MEXICO City of Albuquerque

$482,168

Pueblo of Taos

$156,596

NEW YORK Borough of Brooklyn

$862,091

NORTH DAKOTA City of Grand Forks

$107,492

OKLAHOMA City of Tulsa

$491,540

WASHINGTON City of Seattle

$2,375,000

SUBTOTAL

$6,468,206

OFFICE OF JUSTICE PROGRAMS

FY 1998 GRANTS TO ENCOURAGE ARREST POLICIES

ENHANCEMENT (CONTINUATION) GRANTS

STATE

GRANTEE

AMOUNT

ARIZONA City of Eloy

$385,632

Hopi Tribe

$302,580

Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community

$50,000

White Mountain Apache Tribe

$50,000

ARKANSAS Arkansas Office of the Prosecutor Coordinator

$371,969

CALIFORNIA Fresno County Sheriff's Office

$300,000

City of Los Angeles

$750,000

Marin County

$360,000

Merced County

$486,197

Sacramento County

$662,193

San Diego County

$1,396,985

Santa Barbara County

$276,675

Sonoma County

$664,864

COLORADO City of Colorado Springs

$1,062,545

Jefferson County

$800,000

COLORADO La Plata County

$309,000

Pueblo County

$450,000

CONNECTICUT Connecticut Office of Policy and Management

$1,120,216

DELAWARE Town of Delmar

$113,250

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA District of Columbia Office of Grants Management and Development

$750,000

FLORIDA Metro-Dade County

$1,110,654

GEORGIA Cobb County

$250,000

ILLINOIS City of Carbondale

$516,544

Champaign County

$194,939

City of Chicago Heights

$693,111

City of Chicago

$808,508

Cook County Board of Commissioners

$995,742

KENTUCKY Jefferson County

$1,859,337

City of Louisville

$913,047

Rockcastle Fiscal Court

$164,105

LOUISIANA City of New Orleans

$750,199

St. Tammany Parish

$746,060

MAINE Cumberland County

$502,140

MARYLAND Governor's Office of Crime Control and Prevention

$2,423,417

City of Baltimore

$470,753

MASSACHUSETTS City of Brockton

$425,000

Town of Danvers

$119,134

City of Salem

$356,841

City of Waltham

$215,472

MICHIGAN Bay City

$230,724

City of Inkster

$602,163

Kalamazoo County

$478,775

MISSISSIPPI City of Greenville

$632,171

MISSOURI City of Independence

$301,015

MONTANA City of Havre

$182,086

Northern Cheyenne Tribe, Inc.

$50,000

NEBRASKA City of Omaha

$663,375

NEW JERSEY Passaic County

$415,000

NEW MEXICO Santa Fe County

$696,397

NEW YORK New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services

$2,180,904

New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services

$492,979

NEW YORK Clinton County

$373,616

Queens County Office of the Borough President

$1,027,851

Village of Southampton

$219,056

Tompkins County

$529,483

Westchester County

$868,266

NORTH CAROLINA City of Durham $868,323
OHIO City of Dayton $948,627
OKLAHOMA Sac and Fox Nation

$159,888

Seminole County Commissioners

$315,988

OREGON Klamath County

$606,407

PENNSYLVANIA Township of Bensalem

$296,988

Borough of State College

$459,819

RHODE ISLAND Rhode Island Governor's Justice Commission

$777,901

SOUTH DAKOTA Rosebud Sioux Tribe

$280,396

TENNESSEE City of Knoxville

$350,000

City of LaVergne

$300,000

TENNESSEE Shelby County Government

$749,567

TEXAS Dallas County

$1,333,951

VERMONT Vermont Center for Crime Victims

$850,000

VIRGINIA City of Lynchburg

$500,000

WASHINGTON City of Everett

$443,907

City of Longview

$510,000

Puyallup Tribe of Indians

$274,731

City of Spokane

$1,495,351

WEST VIRGINIA City of Charleston

$377,977

WISCONSIN Dane County

$753,126

Milwaukee County $575,000
SUBTOTAL $47,348,917
TOTAL $53,817,123