Vice President Joe Biden and Attorney General Eric Holder today announced grants to twelve programs across the country to target the urgent need to reduce domestic violence homicides.
Winnebago County is one of the demonstration sites and will receive a one-year award ranging from $100,658 to $200,000.
After a 12-month assessment phase, up to six of the demonstration sites will be selected to continue a three-year implementation phase.
The new Domestic Violence Homicide Prevention Demonstration Initiative helps state and local jurisdictions reduce domestic violence homicides by effectively identifying potential victims and monitoring high-risk offenders.
The DVHP Initiative is modeled after programs in Massachusetts and Maryland, where the use of coordinated teams of law enforcement, prosecutors, health professionals and victims services significantly reduced the domestic violence homicide rate.