Prevention Pilot Programs Announced

NYSCASA is pleased to announce the selection of two community partners that will be receiving funding through the Sexual Violence Prevention Pilot Projects (SVP3) grant.  Beginning July 1, 2015, The Advocacy Center of Tompkins County and the Sexual Assault and Crime Victims Assistance Program at Samaritan Hospital will be working collaboratively with NYSCASA to expand sexual violence prevention activities in Tompkins and Rensselaer counties.  These two sites were chosen through a rigorous competitive application process that was open to all NYS Department of Health certified Rape Crisis Programs.  Many strong applications were received, and NYSCASA is pleased with the level of dedication to sexual violence prevention across the state.

NYSCASA places utmost importance on prevention, and the intention of the SVP3 grant is to demonstrate what can happen when an organization prioritizes prevention by allocating adequate funding and investing in what is known about effective prevention.  We support efforts that prevent violence before it begins, by addressing risk factors of the perpetration of sexual violence at the individual, relational, community, and societal levels. We believe that sexual violence can be stopped by creating an environment that supports respectful behavior, gender equity, and non-violent social norms. We believe that dedication to programs that work towards this is crucial, and believe that the partnerships formalized through the SVP3 grant support this philosophy.

 

The Advocacy Center of Tompkins County was selected in part due to their outstanding progress with the Enough Abuse Campaign, a campaign that focuses on adult responsibility for preventing child sexual abuse.  Enough Abuse Tompkins County continues to use EAC materials in innovative ways, and NYSCASA is excited to  see the impact on the county with the additional resources this grant will afford.

 

The Sexual Assault and Crime Victims Assistance Program at Samaritan Hospital was selected in part due to their extensive community network and innovative prevention ideas, especially their desire to bring prevention messaging to non-traditional audiences.  Their passion for the work and dedication to their community are sure to result in meaningful work that will benefit many.

Funding for this project is supported by the NYS Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) with funds from the Services*Training*Officers*Prosecutors (STOP) Violence Against Women Formula Grant Program which originates from the Office on Violence Against Women (OVW).  Due to changes in the federal 2013 Violence Against Women Act, this is the first year that prevention work has been allowable under the STOP grant. NYSCASA would like to thank NYS DCJS for choosing to allocate a portion of these funds for this purpose, demonstrating the entire state’s dedication to the importance of prevention.

 

For questions about the SVP3 grant, please contact NYSCASA’s Director of Prevention, Elizabeth Isabelle, at eisabelle@nyscasa.org