Violence Prevention

In October 2018, the Office on Violence Against Women awarded NIU a three-year grant to create a program dedicated to reducing sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking on campus. The grant focuses on three specific purpose areas:

  • To implement and operate education programs for the prevention of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking including an active bystander education program for all students.
  • To support improved coordination among campus administrators, campus security personnel and local law enforcement, in order to reduce domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking on campus.
  • To develop or adapt population specific strategies and projects for victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking for underserved populations on campus. These populations include:
    • Underserved and/or culturally-specific populations.
    • Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning (LGBTQ+).
    • Individuals with disabilities, including deaf or hard of hearing.
    • Persons with limited English proficiency.

Project Administrators

The administrators of the project are:

  • Project director: Rose M. J. Henton, director of coordinated education, training and outreach services
  • Project coordinator: Theresa Melidis


The following subcommittees are part of the project:

  • Coordinated response: provides victim-centered, trauma-informed response to reports of sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence and stalking. 
  • Advocacy and victim services: works directly with victims and survivors to ensure a trauma-informed, victim-centered approach to care.
  • Violence prevention: provides techniques and strategies for preventing relationship violence.
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