The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services has selected the Center on Domestic Violence at the School of Public Affairs at the University of Colorado Denver to help develop people of color to be leaders in the movement to end domestic violence.

The Administration for Children and Families has awarded $4.5 million in grants aimed at addressing the problem of domestic violence nationwide.

“Promoting positive growth and development of children, youth and their families is a key priority of our agency,” said David A. Hansell, Health & Human Services acting assistant secretary for children and families. “These grant awards will help provide states, community-based organizations and academic institutions with the financial support, training and technical assistance needed to assist children and families across the country.”

The Center on Domestic Violence at UC Denver will receive $80,000 over five years from the Women of Color Network of the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence selected to run the project. UC Denver Center on Domestic Violence Director Barb Paradiso will be a curriculum consultant and trainer.

“We’re thrilled to help develop such an important nationwide effort,” said Paradiso. “This project will increase the representation of people of color in leadership positions in the domestic violence movement. It means that more victims will be helped, thereby saving lives.”

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