School of Social Work Faculty Awarded U.S. Department of Justice Grant

Tricia Bent-Goodley, Ph.D., director of the Ph.D. program at the Howard University School of Social Work, was awarded a grant from the Department of Justice’s Office on Violence Against Women. The $450,000 grant was awarded from September 2016 to August 2018 and spans five communities across the country.

The purpose of the grant is to provide training and technical assistance on how to respond to and prevent domestic violence homicide from a culturally specific and sensitive perspective. Another key component focuses on enhancing relations between law enforcement, court systems and social service agencies.

Bent-Goodley has a passion for building solutions to improve the safety and viability of Black families and communities, with a particular focus on the development of culturally competent interventions that build on the strengths of the community.

In addition to the grant awarded for research and community engagement geared toward cultural sensitivity with responding to and preventing domestic violence, she was the principal investigator/ project director of the Campus Safety First Program, a Howard University domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking prevention initiative funded by the Office on Violence Against Women. She also is director of the Howard University Interpersonal Violence Prevention Program.




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