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Press Release

For Immediate Release: October 10, 2000
Contact: CDC Media Relations (404) 639-3286

CDC funds 10 Prevention Projects on Sexual Violence and Intimate Partner Violence Among Racial and Ethnic Minority Populations

The alarmingly high risk of sexual and intimate partner violence among racial and ethnic minorities demands immediate public health attention. To address these findings from the National Violence Against Women Survey, CDC has awarded $4.1 million for 10 cooperative agreements to support the development, implementation and evaluation of sexual violence and intimate partner violence prevention programs and services targeting minority populations.

Funding for demonstration projects has been awarded to St. Luke's Roosevelt Institute for Health Sciences - New York, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Public Health, The Family Crisis Shelter, Inc. - Hawaii, the RAND Corporation - California, the National Asian Women's Health Organization - California, the Latino Community Development Agency, Inc. - Oklahoma, the University of South Carolina, the Boston Public Health Commission, Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing - Maryland, and the Arizona Board of Regents-University of Arizona.

These organizations were selected based on their capacity to identify and respond to the special needs of racial and ethnic minority populations in their communities, including African Americans, American Indians or Alaska Natives, Hispanic Americans, Asian Americans or Pacific Islanders. The organizations may develop programs for children, victims and perpetrators; programs on dating violence for school-aged youth; or programs that link community-based partners to provide services.

"Their work in the area of sexual and intimate partner violence intervention and prevention will lay the ground work for developing culturally-sensitive programs that make a real and measurable difference in the community," said Rodney Hammond, Ph.D., Director of the Division of Violence Prevention, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, CDC.


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