DeKalb County Solicitor-General awarded $300,000 to fight domestic violence

Posted by Ellie Ritter November 6, 2018

DeKalb County Georgia. Source: Google Maps.

The DeKalb County Solicitor-General’s office has been awarded more than $300,000 to establish a new initiative called the Engaging Men Project, a county press release announced.

The grant comes from the Department of Justice’s Office on Violence Against Women, which seeks to address domestic and sexual assault through the engagement of men and boys. Through the grant, the solicitor-general’s office will work with a number of other organizations, including Men Stopping Violence (MSV), the Decatur Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi and the International Women’s House.

According to the county, the solicitor-general’s office prosecutes around 13,000 misdemeanor cases every year, more than one-third of which involve domestic violence. Solicitor-General Donna Coleman-Stribling believes that men’s engagement is an important factor in ending domestic violence cycles.

“My team and I are dedicated to building a better, safer DeKalb through education, partnerships and pursuing justice for our victims,” Coleman-Stribling said. “This grant allows us to partner with three organizations with an immense commitment to bettering our community and ending the deadly cycle of abuse. It also gives my office, as well as our partners, an opportunity to make men true allies in our fight to end domestic violence.”

Most existing abuse prevention programs focus on risk reduction for potential victims. The goal of the Engaging Men Project, though, is to “create proactive prevention programs and expand existing programs – created by Men Stopping Violence – that address men’s role in the cycle of abuse and rally men as allies,” the release said.

Through the program, the solicitor-general’s office will oversee the implementation of a six-part program. MSV will host educational and training sessions for members of the Decatur chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi. The program will also require the members of Kappa Alpha Psi to incorporate what they learn about the violence against women into their “Guide Right” program, a mentoring program that pairs their members with young men in their community.

To ensure the Engaging Men Project maintains safety for victims of domestic violence, the International Women’s House will also assist in the planning and implementation, according to the release.

Additionally, the grant will help create a summer internship program with MSV. The organization will select young men, who are preparing to go to college, to work closely with the non-profit and implement what they learned through the program.

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