UMBC receives $25,000 grant to continue domestic violence prevention program

The University of Maryland, Baltimore County received a $25,000 grant from the Verizon Foundation and Verizon Wireless' HopeLine Program to use in its Violence Prevention Advocates Program, according to a Nov. 29 release from Verizon.

The grant is the extension of another $25,000 grant the school received from Verizon last year, said Kim Leisey, associate vice president of student affairs at UMBC.

The money will allow programs established with last year's grant, such as a speaker series and the development of a website, to remain operational, Leisey said.

It will also allow for an additional training program on how to intervene safely and prevent violence, Leisey said.

"As we looked to continue the grant, we were really interested in getting more of the (UMBC) community engaged, especially in higher risk populations," Leisey said.

Leisey said the UMBC program will do outreach to fraternities, sororities and athletic programs.

In the grant application, Leisey said she cited a 2005 report from the United States Department of Justice that reported 21 percent of college students had experienced dating violence by a current partner.

In 2010, the Verizon Foundation donated $67 million to nonprofits in the United States and abroad, according to the release.

The 10-year-old HopeLine Program takes used cell phones and gives them to victims of abuse to help them feel safer and less isolated, according to Verizon's website.

Since 2001, the website stated, the HopeLine Program has distributed more than 106,000 phones with 319 million minutes of free wireless service to domestic violence victims and donated $10 million in grants to domestic violence organizations.

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