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University of Iowa News Release

Sept. 5, 2006

WRAC Receives Federal Grant To Address Violence Against Women On Campus

The Women's Resource & Action Center (WRAC) at the University of Iowa has been awarded a $200,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women. The grant will fund a two-year project to strengthen prevention and intervention strategies for sexual assault, stalking and dating violence at the UI.

"We are thrilled to receive this important grant," said Monique DiCarlo, director of the Women's Resource and Action Center.

WRAC has a long history of leading collaborative efforts to address violence against women on campus and in the surrounding community. Collaborators in the project will include the Rape Victim Advocacy Program, Domestic Violence Intervention Program, Office of International Programs, Department of Athletics, President's Office, Office of the Provost, Department of Public Safety, Office of Vice President for Student Services, University Counseling Service, Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity, Office of Student Life, University Housing, and the Johnson County Attorney's Office.

"This marks a significant new step in the University's commitment to prevent and address violence against women, especially dating violence," DiCarlo said.

The funded project includes special training programs, a program to encourage men to actively speak out against gender-based violence, a support group for survivors of dating violence, and the establishment of an Anti-Violence Campus Coalition.

For further information contact Monique DiCarlo, 319-335-1486.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 351, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACT: Monique DiCarlo, 319-335-1486, Writer: Linda Kroon.