| The Columbus Dispatch
A collaboration among several Franklin County agencies received a $900,000 award for a new safety model to combat domestic violence and protect victims.
The 2020 Improving Criminal Justice Responses to Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, Sexual Assault, and Stalking grant from the U.S. Department of Justice and the Office for Violence Against Women, will establish the Blueprint for Safety model through September 2023, Franklin County and Columbus officials announced Tuesday morning.
Originally developed and implemented in Saint Paul, Minnesota, the new model will create a more-coordinated community response and enhance victim safety by focusing on collaboration and information-sharing among service providers.
The Blueprint for Safety, grounded in the experiences of victims of violence, will support agencies’ ability to intercede in new acts of violence, intimidation or coercion, and place added accountability on domestic violence offenders, officials said in a news release announcing the program.