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Hood College Receives Grant to Improve Prevention and Response to Sexual and Domestic Violence on Campus

FREDERICK, MD – Hood College has been awarded a $300,000 grant through the U.S. Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women’s Campus Program. The grant funding will enable Hood to establish the Campus Awareness, Response, and Education (CARE) Project to significantly improve the campus-wide coordination, training, and scope of prevention and responses to sexual and domestic violence and stalking to ensure safety and well-being for all students and campus community members.

Hood will form a coordinated community response (CCR) team including directors of many student-centered offices on campus and representatives from Heartly House, the Frederick Police Department, the Frederick Center, Frederick Memorial Hospital and other community organizations associated with these key partners. The CARE Project will serve all campus members, and will include targeted efforts to reach LGBTQ students. The project will provide assistance, resources, and information to sexual and domestic violence victims about their options on and off campus to bring disciplinary or legal action.

A CARE Project director will coordinate training of all relevant campus personnel and local law enforcement representatives. The director will also deliver prevention education on consent, bystander skills, and sexual and domestic violence resources and reporting options for all Hood students.

Hood College is an independent, liberal arts college, offering 32 undergraduate majors, four pre-professional programs, 19 graduate programs, two doctorates and 10 post-baccalaureate certificates. Located in historic Frederick, near Washington, DC, Baltimore and the I-270 technology corridor, Hood gives students access to countless internships and research opportunities.

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