Mark Udall congratulated Tu Casa, Inc., an Alamosa-based nonprofit, on its receipt of $638,575 in competitive grant funds from the U.S. Justice Department's Rural Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, Sexual Assault and Stalking Assistance Program. Tu Casa, Inc. will use the grant funds to partner with 22 agencies and organizations to implement the San Luis Valley Rural Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, Sexual Assault, Child Sexual Abuse and Stalking Assistance project in Alamosa, Conejos, Costilla, Mineral, Rio Grande and Saguache counties.
"Tu Casa's work on this issue and its receipt of this competitive grant will help thousands of Colorado women throughout the San Luis Valley confront the very real dangers of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking and dating violence. The San Luis Valley, like much of rural Colorado, struggles with the same needs as the rest of our state but with more geographic challenges and limited resources," Udall said. "It is imperative that we continue to support the work of nonprofits by providing important resources to organizations, like Tu Casa, that aid victims and provide critical support services. It is equally important that we continue to support federal programs that help us crack down on these terrible crimes."
The competitive grant funding, announced today, will support the continuation of multiple positions at Tu Casa, the addition of two part-time positions, usage of domestic violence/sexual assault investigators, the formation of county-specific sexual assault response teams, the provision of services within each of the six counties served and active partnerships with other agencies.
The competitive grant funds also will support:
Comprehensive, accessible and cooperative victim services throughout the San Luis Valley;
Quality prevention and outreach programming, especially to traditionally underserved populations; and,
Promotion of collaboration, within the service area, to increase accountability for offenders.
Udall has been a vocal advocate for improving protections for the victims of domestic violence, including reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act.