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Domestic Violence Prevention Gets Big Bump in MA

Domestic violence prevention programs across the Bay State got some major help this month with new funding from the CDC. (Ben Polloard via flickr)
Domestic violence prevention programs across the Bay State got some major help this month with new funding from the CDC. (Ben Polloard via flickr)
July 25, 2016

BOSTON — The Bay State just got some major help from the feds when it comes to combating domestic violence and dealing with traumatic brain injury. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention awarded $30 million to 23 states this month.

Angela Marr, branch chief at the CDC's National Center for Injury Prevention, said the state came away with more than $2 million in funding over the next five years.

"They're going to be working to improve youth knowledge of healthy relationships,” Marr said. "They want to improve gender equity norms and just make sure that we are working on the front end of this before there are crisis situations for injury and violence. "

The Injury Center provided funding and technical assistance to states through its Core State Violence and Injury Prevention Program. This program currently supports 23 state health departments.

Marr said some states received funding for one area, but Massachusetts was one of the few granted funding for domestic violence as well as other areas.

“Then traumatic brain injury, which can also be caused by violence - and there are both unintentional and violence-related mechanisms for traumatic brain injury - but that's one of the other focus areas,” Marr said. "And the purely unintentional one that we have in there is motor-vehicle crash. "

The program aims to help states share lessons on issues such as domestic violence. It also puts a spotlight on successful strategies to prevent violence and injury.

To read more about this program, visit cdc.gov

Mike Clifford, Public News Service - MA