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Cuyahoga County’s Witness/Victim Service Center has been selected as one of four national sites by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) to participate in the second phase of the nationwide Domestic Violence Homicide Prevention Demonstration Initiative.

The $650,000 award follows an 18-month planning process under the guidance of DOJ, during which 12 national sites were evaluated and competed for this second phase.

“I am proud that the Department of Justice is recognizing Cuyahoga County’s continued work to eliminate domestic violence and sexual assault,” said FitzGerald. “Cuyahoga County’s Witness/Victim Service Center provides an invaluable service to our community, and I am pleased that they are now a finalist for the Domestic Violence Homicide Prevention Demonstration Initiative.”

As a result of the award, the Cuyahoga County Witness/Victim Service Center will implement a Domestic Violence High Risk Team in Cleveland Police Districts 1 and 5.

The High Risk Team model creates a vehicle for communication among multiple disciplines to provide the best possible response to domestic violence victims at high risk of being killed by their abusers.

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