JCC gets Justice Department grant

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WATERTOWN — Jefferson Community College received one of 53 Department of Justice grants to strengthen responses to sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking on campus.

The grant, for $300,000, will be distributed over the course of three years. JCC is one of three community colleges in the country that will receive the grant, which comes from Department of Justice’s Office on Violence Against Women.

The grant will also help “enhance collaboration among campus, local law enforcement and victim advocacy organizations through the Campus Security and Empowerment Program,” according to the school’s website. The proposed program would create a Coordinated Community Response team, focus on prevention strategies and prevention education, provide additional training for both campus security personnel and judicial board members, and extend the campus advocate program.

JCC will also continue to work with Watertown City Police, the Victims Assistance Center of Jefferson County, and Planned Parenthood of the North Country to assure that survivors receive all necessary support. The school will also continue its support of military-affiliated students and expand resources for LGBTQ students through a partnership with ACR Health.

In a press release, Dean of Students Rocco R. Cappello said JCC is “very fortunate to be awarded a grant of this magnitude, in a directed effort,” and that the school “looks forward to putting additional resources in place” for students and for creating best practices for the campus.

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