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Beverly receives federal domestic violence grant

Posted by Justin Rice  October 19, 2011 06:44 AM

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The City of Beverly and the Beverly Police Department received a grant for specialized domestic violence training from the U.S. Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.

The $255,846 grant will allow the department and city to strengthen partnerships and collaborations that will help establish safer regional community response to domestic violence. It will also enhance the police department’s capacity to prevent, solve and control domestic violence cases such as dating violence, stalking and sexual assault. It will also give the city an opportunity to provide specialized domestic violence training.

This grant is a collaborative and joint effort between criminal justice partners which include HAWC, the Beverly, Peabody, Salem and Danvers Police Departments as well as the District attorney’s office and the Salem District Court Probation Department.

“Through this grant we will continue our commitment to strong enforcement and prosecution of cases involving domestic violence, dating violence, stalking and sexual assault,” a press release from the mayor’s office said. “Having specially trained officers and court personnel will greatly impact the communities we serve and enhance the delivery of services to victims as well as help us identify high risk cases and aid us in our mission of keeping victims safe and holding offenders accountable.”

The Beverly Police Department’s Domestic Violence Unit was established in 2002 out of a joint collaboration between HAWC and the Beverly Police department.

“Since then we’ve expanded our partnerships and merged our collective efforts with other criminal justice professionals to ensure victim safety and offender accountability,” the release said. “We are very excited  to be the recipients of such an award.”

The Beverly Police Department will be hosting several events to raise awareness about domestic violence during October which is the national domestic violence awareness month. Mayor William F. Scanlon, Jr. declared the city of Beverly a domestic violence free zone and encourages citizens to work together to eliminate domestic violence from the community.

Victims of domestic violence or anyone who knows someone who can call the HAWC 24/7 hotline at 1-800-547-1649 or the B.P.D domestic violence Unit at 978-922-1155.

The mission of the Office on Violence Against Women (OVW), a component of the U.S. Department of Justice, is to provide federal leadership in developing the nation’s capacity to reduce violence against women and administer justice for and strengthen services to victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking.  For more information visit www.ovw.usdoj.gov

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