Winnebago County joins just 11 others in the nation in receiving a Department of Justice/Office on Violence Against Women Domestic Violence Homicide Prevention Demonstration Initiative grant.
The $188,822 grant will be used to conduct an assessment of the community and justice system. Responses to domestic violence will be analyzed, especially efforts to prevent homicides between intimate partners.
Lethality and risk assessment models will also be evaluated, which will help improve identification of and services for high-risk victims. Officials also hope the research will help identify barriers to quality assistance and advocacy for victims of domestic violence and their families.
"Our community has worked hard to improve its response to those affected by domestic violence, but intimate-partner homicides have still occurred," Judge Rosemary Collins, chairperson of the 17th Judicial Circuit Court Family Violence Coordinating Council, said. "Research has shown that there are many key risk factors and there are evidence-based tools for assessing these risks. We will continue our work to reduce the risk of domestic violence homicide in our community."
The grand was announced during a press conference at the Winnebago County Courthouse on Friday.
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