We're thrilled to spread the good news that Tucson Police Department (TPD) was recently awarded a grant of nearly $750,000 from the Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women - and we were delighted to be their partner in writing this grant.
This new funding will add two new Spanish-speaking detectives to the domestic violence and sexual assault units at TPD, train additional CODAC/SACASA and TMC nurses in sexual assault and strangulation exams, enable our community's providers to offer victim service materials in Spanish, and offer support for other non-English speaking and disabled people accessing services.
Read some of the local news coverage about the project in today's Arizona Daily Star and on Tucson News Now.
This grant follows a $250,000 gift earlier this year from the Tucson Foundations, one of the coalition's earliest supporters, to help seed the work of comprehensively and systemically transforming the way our community assesses victim lethality risk, as well as the way it responds to and helps victims of domestic violence and sexual assault in our community.
But it's not the grant itself that we care about - the enormous difference these services will make in the lives of victims is what makes us proud to work with such an amazing coalition of prosecutors, legal defense nonprofits, law enforcement departments, medical providers and victim service partners.
For two years, we've partnered with the RAMP Up to Combat Domestic Violence Coalition to strategize, plan, facilitate, lead and fund raise for the cause. It's a great example of how a collaborative, committed, and sustained investment pays off in the long run. And there's more to come.
We can't wait to see what this amazing group does next.
P.S. – Want to know more about the coalition or the services we offer? Contact me anytime.
Jennifer M. Tersigni, MA, CFRE
Principal & Lead Consultant
Raise the Bar Consulting