McAllister & Quinn worked closely with two local YWCA organizations to win more than $700,000 in funds from the Department of Justice to support Violence Against Women programs. Many local YWCA organizations across the nation have programs that support anti-violence policies that protect victims, hold perpetrators accountable, and work to eradicate sexual assault and domestic violence, trafficking of women and girls, and dating violence. The YWCA Monterey County in Salinas, California, and YWCA Kauai, Hawaii, are two such organizations that work diligently to address complex issues facing families in domestic crisis and transition.
Working with these organizations, as well as their partners (officials at the City of Salinas and Malama Pono in Kauai), the M&Q grants team helped the local organizations identify appropriate federal grants, develop their grant-seeking strategies and shape and refine their applications prior to the final submissions.
The YWCA Monterey County in partnership with the City of Salinas Division of Community Safety, the City of Salinas Police Department, and the Monterey College of Law among others, was awarded $293,789 by the Department of Justice through the Office of Violence Against Women’s Grants to Encourage Arrest Policies and Enforcement of Protection Orders Program. This grant will provide targeted support for the Salinas/Monterey County Community Interlink Project which will establish a more coordinated community response to domestic violence in the city of Salinas and Monterey County, California.
The Grants to Encourage Arrest Policies and Enforcement of Protection Orders Program (Arrest Program) recognizes that sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking are crimes that require the criminal justice system to hold offenders accountable for their actions through investigation, arrest, and prosecution of violent offenders, and through close judicial scrutiny and management of offender behavior.
This discretionary grant program is designed to encourage state, local, and tribal governments and state, local, and tribal courts to treat sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking as serious violations of criminal law requiring the coordinated involvement of the entire criminal justice system. The Arrest Program challenges the community to listen, communicate, identify problems, and share ideas that will result in new responses to ensure victim safety and offender accountability.
YWCA Kauai in partnership with Malama Pono, a non-profit organization in Kauai that provides education and case management services to persons infected with or affected by HIV/AIDS, viral hepatitis and STDs, was awarded $439,842 from the Office of Violence Against Women’s Rural Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence and Stalking Assistance Program. This grant will allow YWCA Kauai and Malama Pono to address the issues of sexual violence, sexual harassment, and stalking within the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBTQ) community on Kauai.
Victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking in rural communities face unique challenges and barriers to receiving assistance rarely encountered in urban areas. The geographic isolation, including transportation barriers, economic structure, particularly strong social and cultural pressures, and lack of available services in rural jurisdictions significantly compound the problems confronted by those seeking support and services to end the violence in their lives. These factors also complicate the ability of the criminal justice system to investigate and prosecute sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking cases.
These are just two examples of how we work with our clients to help them build and sustain partnerships, face and solve immediate challenges within their communities, and achieve their programmatic goals—from whether it is assisting victims of sexual assault or domestic violence or working to reduce childhood obesity or improve the environment.