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TWU expands violence prevention program to NCTC campuses with $300,000 federal grant


DENTON — Texas Woman’s University is partnering with North Central Texas College on a $300,000 federal grant to implement the university’s Project REV (Resources for Ending Violence), a program aimed at ending violence against women, on NCTC campuses.

The grant, from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Violence Against Women, will provide Project REV services on NCTC campuses in Gainesville, Corinth, Flower Mound, Bowie and Graham. Services include counseling, referrals, resources and shelter services.

The grant provides funding over a three-year period. TWU and NCTC will share a project coordinator and a full-time counselor from Denton County Friends of the Family. Abigail’s Arms, a family crisis center in Cooke County, also will be involved in the program.

Mark Sandel, TWU associate professor of social work, teamed with Dr. Billy Roessler, NCTC vice president of student services, and Debbie Sharp, vice president of institutional advancement, to secure the grant.

“The consortium award with NCTC will allow both institutions to provide prevention education to women and services to victims while also engaging in primary prevention work,” Mr. Sandel said. “We are excited to partner with NCTC in extending Project REV to a much larger geographical area.”

Dr. Roessler said NCTC serves several rural areas, which tend to have fewer resources than do urban and suburban areas. “We look forward to working with TWU to leverage their expertise and expand these resources in North Texas.”

TWU initially received funding from the Office of Violence Against Women in 2006, which led to the creation of Project REV. The university received an additional $300,000 in 2008 for a three-year extension of the project.

Project REV provides services to victims of domestic violence, stalking and sexual assault, as well as prevention activities and programs. For more information, visit

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Karen Garcia
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page updated 10/2/2014 10:59 AM