Medaille Awarded $300,000 Department of Justice Grant to Support Prevention of and Response to Sexual Violence

Medaille College has been awarded a $300,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women to enhance prevention of, awareness of and the response to sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking (SADVDVS) on campus. Medaille’s grant was one of 57 grants totaling $18 million awarded by the Department of Justice. The grant will make possible a range of services, including specialized training for campus law enforcement, healthcare providers and college personnel, as well as enhanced education for incoming students. In addition, the grant will support Medaille’s collaborative work with law enforcement and off-campus victim service providers.

"Medaille College has always considered the safety of its students its highest priority,” said Medaille President Kenneth M. Macur, Ph.D. “We are excited and honored to receive this grant that will help us enhance the best possible learning environment for our students, faculty, and staff.”

The grant was announced at a press conference on September 25 featuring Congressman Brian Higgins, Dr. Macur and representatives from Crisis Services, local law enforcement and Trocaire College. The announcement drew coverage from WIVB-TV, WGRZ-TV and WKBW-TV.

“These federal awards will provide important resources to allow for Medaille to expand the scope of services provided to sexual assault victims and facilitate increased coordination with Crisis Services and local law enforcement agencies,” said Congressman Higgins. 

Pictured: Dr. Kenneth M. Macur (third from left), Congressman Brian Higgins (fifth from left), representatives from Crisis Services and local law enforcement, and Trocaire College President Bassam M. Deeb.

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