Justice Plan Targets Domestic Violence
Seper, Jerry, The Washington Times (Washington, DC)
Byline: Jerry Seper
The Justice Department yesterday announced the creation of a Web-based program aimed at strengthening prevention efforts and improving services to victims of domestic violence.
Known as the "Toolkit to End Violence Against Women," the program was developed by department officials with the Department of Health and Human Services.
"Violence against women crosses all economic, educational, cultural, racial and religious lines," Attorney General John Ashcroft said in a statement. "This invaluable tool was developed to aid in the effort to eradicate such violence from our society."
Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy G. Thompson said the program will help communities around the country design and implement effective programs to prevent domestic violence.
"It is far better to prevent violence against women than to deal with its devastating consequences for individual women, their children and their families," Mr. Thompson said.
The Toolkit, developed by experts in the areas of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking, was designed to assist individuals, policy leaders and community efforts to end violence against women. Composed of 16 chapters, it offers what Justice Department officials said was the best practices and other recommendations to assist localities in an easily accessible, user-friendly format to help readers pinpoint topics of interest.
The new program is intended to be a valuable resource for communities, organizations and individuals who deal with these issues on a daily basis. Chapters cover areas such as the criminal justice system, health, sports, faith, the media, the military and entertainment. …