Violence Prevention Program Receives Major Grant

Violence Prevention Program Receives Major Grant
Students rally in the “Speak Up, Speak Out” march against sexual violence.
The Center for Violence Prevention & Women's Studies offers self-defense classes for women and girls.

Cal Poly Pomona has received a three-year, $300,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Justice to strengthen the prevention, education efforts and response services to domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking crimes.

Awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, the grant will improve the educational programming, crisis intervention and staff training within the newly created Center for Violence Prevention & Women's Resources, which combined the Stop Violence and Women's Center offices.

“We're looking to change, revamp and expand our programs. We're excited that this new center gives us the opportunity to take a new look at things,” says Diane Sands, who will oversee the center when both offices officially merge in January 2009.

The center will provide training opportunities for on-campus service providers, such as University Housing, Student Health Services and University Police, as well as improve its outreach efforts to the campus community about the reality, recognition and prevention of intimate violence.

In particular, the center plans to address the issue of stalking in an all-day conference. Many clients say they feel they are being stalked by an ex-partner, according to Sands, adding that the incidents may stem from a domestic violence or dating situation. The conference would educate participants about the roles of the police and court system, how to respond to a victim and the resources available for survivors.

The grant also enhances partnerships with regional nonprofits like Project Sister Family Services, which provides support for sexual assault victims, and the YWCA San Gabriel Valley Domestic Violence Program. As campus partners, the organizations will come to Cal Poly Pomona to host training sessions for the center's staff and others.

For more information, visit the Center for Violence Prevention & Women's Resources in Building 95 (across from the Career Center), call (909) 869-3112 or visit their website at