GCC Grant Updates
December 2012 Crossroads: Sexual Assault Response and Resource Center
Children are the most vulnerable victims of abuse and maltreatment. Child maltreatment covers a broad range of abuse, including neglect, severe physical abuse, drug endangerment, sexual abuse, and witnesses to homicide. According to data collected by the National Children's Alliance, in 2011, 6,463 children were served at accredited child advocacy centers (CACs) in North Carolina. Of those children, 2,599 were aged 6 and under, 2,303 were aged 7 to 12, and 1,558 were aged 13 to 18 (the ages of three victims were undisclosed). These children were the victims of abuse or maltreatment at the hands of parents, stepparents, intimate partners of a parent, other relatives, or other persons known to the child.
September 2012 Perquimans Success Academy Estimates indicate that roughly 30 percent of Perquimans County children live below the poverty line. With that in mind, it has been documented that economically disadvantaged youth often perform below the level of their peers in terms of academic performance. Many recognize that poor school performance coupled with other risk factors, such as school disciplinary actions, are commonly associated with an elevated risk of future juvenile delinquency.
June 2012 REACH of Macon County Domestic/intimate partner violence exists in every community. It can take the form of physical, mental or emotional abuse, battering, coercion, harassing or stalking. While metropolitan areas across the state may have a variety of agencies available to offer services to victims and to educate the public about the problem of domestic violence, many rural or remote areas have limited resources to provide shelter or services to these victims. The absence of services leaves victims with no place to go to escape the violence. Without services, victims may face the need to return to the abuser for housing and financial support.
December 2011 Prescription Monitoring Program Enhancement One of the priorities identified by the Criminal Justice Improvement Committee for the upcoming grant cycle addresses the diversion and misuse of prescription drugs. The 2010 National Survey of Drug Use and Health indicates that more than 7 million persons aged 12 and older had used psychotherapeutic prescription-type drugs for non-medical reasons in the month prior to the survey. While non-medical prescription drug abuse declined for the 12 to 17 age group, from 4.0 percent in 2009 to 3.0 percent in 2010, the rate for the population aged 18 to 25 was 5.9 percent. For the group aged 12 and older, 55 percent obtained prescription drugs from a friend or relative for free; 17.6 percent obtained medications from a physician. Only 4.4 percent indicated that they obtained prescription-type drugs from a drug dealer and less than one percent obtained their prescription medications online. The National Institute on Drug Abuse indicated that in 2009, approximately 4.6 million emergency room visits were drug related. Of those, approximately 2.1 million were related to drug abuse; 27.1 percent of those visits were related to the nonmedical use of prescription drugs.
Sepember 2011 Families First, Inc.: Domestic Violence Victim Advocate Domestic violence and intimate partner violence often slip under the radar of public awareness. Unless a case becomes newsworthy because of a fatal or near-fatal assault, most people are unaware of the extent of the problem. Add to this the fact that approximately 40 percent of incidents of domestic or intimate partner violence go unreported and the problem takes on greater significance. In 2010, 73 domestic violence homicides occurred in North Carolina and 66,320 individuals, both female and male, sought services, shelter or some type of support because of domestic violence. Between 1997 and 2010 in Columbus County 11 victims died as a result of domestic violence. In one year alone (2009-2010), 97 adults and 128 youth under the age of 17 were housed in shelters and 853 domestic violence clients received other support services in Columbus and Bladen counties.
March 2011 The Statesville/Iredell Gang Initiative was established as a cooperative of 34 partner agencies, including law enforcement, social services, community organizations and faith-based groups to produce an environment to reduce youth gang participation and violence in affected neighborhoods through prevention, intervention, suppression and re-entry strategies.
December 2010 A Call to Men is a leading national program that galvanizes men and boys committed to ending all forms of violence against women. In July 2009, REACH of Jackson County received GCC funding to help implement this highly successful national program in Western North Carolina. A collaborative effort with the Western Carolina University Women's' Center and the Department of Social Work, the program explores the underlying causes of gender-based violence, such as perceptions of male entitlement and ownership, rigid gender roles, and crippling definitions of manhood. Shifting social norms that define masculinity will help reduce violence against women by creating a new, non-violent perspective for young men and boys.
September 2010 Jobs On The Outside Offenders face many barriers in attempting to reenter the community after a period of incarceration. One of the most common barriers to successful reentry is finding employment. In fact, lack of employment is one of the leading causes of recidivism. A 2005 survey conducted by the N.C. Department of Correction indicated that transition services, primarily employment training, were listed as the one of the chief needs of male offenders, followed by vocational rehabilitation, medical services, housing and clothing. Goodwill Industries of Central North Carolina Inc. implemented the Jobs on the Outside program as a collaborative initiative to provide employment training, career preparedness, job search assistance and an array of supportive services to enable ex-offenders to successfully re-enter the community and avoid recidivism.
March 2010 The Culinary Arts Institute High rates of school suspension, both short-term and long-term, are a problem that has increased statewide in the past decade. In many counties programs like ‘Positive Behavior Support' have been introduced to combat negative behaviors in youth and to enhance positive behavior which extend beyond school to their personal relationships and public actions. While these programs have reduced rates of suspension and recidivism for the past year, the suspension rate is still higher than rates in the mid 2000s. For Wayne County, the Culinary Arts Institute by ADLA Inc. was established to deal with the high rates of suspension. The Institute focuses on workplace development with suspended youth by implementing vocational training and job creation programs. These programs provide constructive alternatives to inappropriate behaviors which may result in youth being referred to the juvenile justice system.
December 2009 Kiran Inc. Urban areas of North Carolina have experienced a significant growth in immigrant populations as the state's population has grown in recent decades. As a result of this growth, agencies providing legal and social services have had to prepare for the cultural differences that often exist between local citizens and new immigrants. Many would agree that immigrant victims of domestic violence are underserved. Since July 2008, the gap in services has narrowed tremendously due to a grant awarded to Kiran Inc. by the Governor's Crime Commission. Kiran, a multi-cultural, non-religious, community-based organization, provides direct and referral crisis intervention services encouraging South Asian victims of domestic violence to seek assistance by providing outreach, peer support and referrals in a confidential manner for individuals whose origins or backgrounds are from the countries of Bangladesh, Bhutan, Burma, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka or The Maldives.
September 2009 Harriet's House was named after Harriet Tubman, an African-American abolitionist who helped free slaves through a network of safe houses known as the Underground Railroad. The house was established to provide transitional housing and reentry services to female ex-offenders and their children. The 24-month program provides comprehensive, progressive services including intensive, wraparound case management, parenting classes and vocational and educational training. Mental health and substance abuse counseling are arranged for clients that need these services. Assistance is provided for budgeting, credit and debt anagement and savings. Permanent housing assistance, including referrals and rental subsidies, is available. With the support of the grant provided by the Governor's Crime Commission, services are being expanded to include single women as well as those with children.
June 2009 Kids First Child Advocacy Center Evidence-Based Child Abuse Intervention Project Some of the most heinous crimes are those committed against children. In rural parts of North Carolina, services provided to child victims of crime, abuse or neglect are frequently limited due to financial constraints of the family and the community. Services are stretched even further when the economy experiences a downturn similar to the one the state is now going through. Kids First, through the Child Advocacy Council Evidence-Based Child Abuse Intervention Project, provides a full range of services to children who are the victims of sexual, physical and domestic abuse or neglect. Working together in collaboration with other agencies and practitioners, Kids First is making a difference in the lives of children who are abused and neglected.
March 2009 Project Tsunami A tsunami is a seismic event that creates a huge wave that, when it strikes land, wipes the landscape clean. In the case of Project Tsunami, it is a series of actions created when a group, such as police departments, sheriff's offices, district attorneys and other law enforcement agencies, rapidly eradicate criminals and cleanse the area to ensure safe streets and neighborhoods. It was designed to sweep drug traffickers out of communities and prevent them from continuing to erode society with a steady supply of illegal drugs. This is an aggressive campaign aimed at significantly crippling the drug trade in southeastern North Carolina
December Gang of One was put into action in the Eastway Division of CMPD to provide gang resistance resources for area youth and to educate the community about gangs and gang activity through the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department. The goal of the program is to reduce gang crime and violence in communities targeted by the Project Safe Neighborhoods.
August 2008 The Reidsville Teen Center Recent events in North Carolina have raised our awareness of gang violence and juvenile delinquency. Gang activity is increasing, not only in metropolitan areas, but also in smaller towns and rural areas of the state. In 2007, the City of Reidsville applied for a grant to fund a ‘Teen Center' to provide a safe place for youth to meet, with the goal of preventing juvenile delinquency and gang participation.
June 2008 The Domestic/Intimate Partner Violence Forensic Nurse Program for Western North Carolina Domestic violence is an ongoing concern in North Carolina. While many agencies provide support and services to victims of domestic violence, the grant awarded to Mission Healthcare in Asheville sought to add an additional facet to their program by providing forensic documentation to assist victims with the legal aspects of their cases.