September 18, 2006

Crapo Notes Effort On Rural Domestic Violence

Hopeâ??s Door in Caldwell receives $707, 368 in federal funding

Washington, DC â?? Rural residents of southwestern Idaho will receive continued support in the effort to stop domestic violence. Today, Idaho Senator Mike Crapo applauded a U.S. Department of Justice grant of $707,368 in Rural Domestic Violence and Child Victimization Enforcement Grant funding. Crapo has spearheaded efforts to retain Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) funding for such projects, and has worked closely with Advocates Against Family Violence, Incorporated of Caldwell on programs and funding efforts. Advocates Against Family Violence, Incorporated operates the Hopeâ??s Door shelter, which will receive the funding.â??The Hopeâ??s Door Shelter provides critical support for women and children seeking refuge from violence in and around Canyon County,â?? Crapo said. â??This program strengthens the safety of those victims and enhances collaborative partnerships between criminal justice agencies, victim services providers and community organizations to respond to crimes of domestic and dating violence and child abuse.â??â??We are absolutely thrilled to be a recipient of this grant. We look forward to bridging gaps in services for victims of domestic violence in all counties in Region III, particularly Owyhee County where there are currently no victim services available,â?? said Brenda Cameron, Director of Hopeâ??s Door. â??With the funding from this grant, we will be able to collaborate with law enforcement, judicial services, and other agencies to provide much-needed victim services. We are grateful for the support of Senator Crapo and his office as we respond to crimes of domestic violence and provide victim services in Idaho.â??Hopeâ??s Door and the Advocates Against Family Violence, Inc. employees will use the funding to unify family services through early identification and intervention to stop violence, collaborate with law enforcement to enhance investigation and prosecution in abuse cases, increase safety and counseling efforts, disseminate information in English and Spanish, and seek to increase prosecution of offenders.Partners with Hopeâ??s Door include: Region III Health and Welfare, Canyon County Courtwatch, Canyon County Sheriffâ??s Office, City Life, Inc., Gem County Prosecuting Attorneyâ??s Office, Owyhee County Prosecuting Attorneyâ??s Office, Women of Color Alliance, and the Duck Valley Indian Reservation. # # #