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Grant to UNI Women's Studies continues programs to decrease violence against women<br>

October 7, 2002
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Annette Lynch, associate professor of textiles and apparel, and project director,(319) 273-2114
Gwenne Culpepper, University Marketing and Public Relations, (319) 273-2761

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Women's Studies program has been awarded a $300,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Justice. The monies will fund continuation of a project that started in 2000 and focused on proactive programming to reduce violence against women. A $500,000 grant started that project.

Annette Lynch, associate professor of textiles and apparel, and project director, says the project is important because it brings together men and women to work on the problem. Incorporated into the project are four separate groups.

Students Against a Violent Environment (SAVE) Mentors is made up of men who work with other men to create a safer campus. SAVE Frontline trains students to be points of first contact for other students concerned about how they are being treated in relationships, who have been raped or sexually assaulted, or who have been harassed or stalked. SAVE Forum Actors is an interactive theater group with a focus on violence prevention. In the final group, SAVE Advocates, specially trained students assist abuse survivors in understanding and evaluating intervention and treatment options.

For more information, contact Annette Lynch, project director, at (319) 273-2114, or visit fp.uni.edu/lynch/save_programs.htm.