KNOXVILLE, Tennessee – The nonprofit Coffee County Drug Court Foundation will receive $ 549,500 from the Department of Justice’s Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) to support its Safe Families Project, the prosecutor said by Acting United States Francis M. Hamilton III.
The Coffee County Safe Families Project will bring together local stakeholders including the Public Defender’s Office, Sheriff’s Office, Police Departments, Probation Office, Intervention Providers for Abusers and Prevention Providers addiction, as part of a three-year program that will serve at least 60 families in the Coffee County Family Treatment Court that will work simultaneously to overcome the impact of domestic violence, substance abuse and custody issues.
âHelping families recover from the devastating impact of domestic violence and drug addiction is a core function of the Department of Justice,â Acting US Attorney Hamilton said. “Our office is pleased to announce this important grant which will help the important work undertaken by the Coffee County Drug Court Foundation to overcome the destructive impact of domestic violence and substance abuse on families in our community.”
This award is one of many that the OVW is distributing in 2021 to support projects that significantly address the needs of underserved and marginalized survivors, improve access to justice, improve survivor safety, empower offenders. and develop a coordinated community response to violence against women.
âThe awards we are presenting this year will touch the lives of millions of survivors of violence and help our country end these devastating crimes,â said Allison Randall, Acting Director of OVW. âThe OVW is proud to be the leading federal voice in the country’s fight against sexual and domestic violence.
The Office on Violence Against Women provides federal leadership in developing national capacity to reduce violence against women and administer justice and strengthen services for victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking.