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Violence Against Women Grant Provides Training on Responding to Gender-Based Violence

August 15, 2018

Two years ago, the U of I Women's Center received a nearly $300,000 grant from the Department of Justice's Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) to address gender-based violence. Since then, the U of I Coordinated Community Response Team (UI-CCRT) — a group of U of I and Moscow community members dedicated to preventing, responding to and educating on gender-based violence — has initiated and encouraged trainings to reduce incidents of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking, and to improve victim services. For more information about the Office on Violence Against Women Campus Grant Project, visit their webpage.

To reach the goals set by the OVW grant, UI-CCRT encourages the campus community to participate in Green Dot, a nationally recognized bystander intervention training program. Available for faculty, staff and students, the Green Dot programs provide participants with actionable skills for interrupting and preventing incidents of gender-based violence. In the past year, 40 Vandal football players, alongside Head Coach Paul Petrino, completed Green Dot's six-hour bystander intervention training. The President's Cabinet and Provost's Council will participate in Green Dot's three-hour bystander intervention training this August. Email greendot@uidaho.edu to learn more or register for a training.

Through the OVW grant, UI-CCRT is providing a number of additional trainings intended to improve the response to gender-based violence on campus. Trainings have included:

  • Thirty-two Moscow police, Latah County and campus security officers attended a four-hour implicit bias training about how implicit bias affects daily duties and how to challenge biases to increase engagement with underrepresented communities.
  • Violence Prevention Programs, Office of Civil Rights and Investigations and the Women's Center provided approximately 120 staff and faculty members training on how to respond to students victimized by interpersonal violence. Trainings will continue during the next academic year.
  • U of I will host an on-campus Forensic Experiential Trauma Interview Certificate training to offer local campus and community service providers the opportunity to hone the interview skills needed when talking with students who have experienced trauma.

Confidential resources for disclosing incidents of gender-based violence at U of I include the Women's Center, the Counseling and Testing Center, Student Health Services and the Ombuds Office. Our community partner on this project, Alternatives to Violence of the Palouse (ATVP), is also a confidential resource, and victim advocates can be reached through their 24-hour hotline at 208-883-4357. The grant also funds an ATVP victim advocate at Blake House, who is available to help survivors of sexual and domestic violence and stalking with services including emotional support, legal advocacy and navigating the reporting system.

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