Campus: CSU Channel Islands -- June 17, 2003

Training Center at CSU Channel Islands Awarded Grant $150,00 will fund Child Abuse Training and Technical Assistance Center

A state grant for more than $150,000 will enable California State University Channel Islands to implement the Child Abuse Training and Technical Assistance Center (CATTA) that will serve the 10 counties in Southern California.

The center trains professionals who work in child-abuse prevention, intervention, and treatment and works closely with child-abuse prevention councils and multidisciplinary interview teams to address family violence issues.

"Cal State Channel Islands is delighted because this grant gives us the opportunity to create more links between our campus and the communities we serve," said Barbara Thorpe, Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs-Academic Programs. "We believe it is an important part of the mission of our university to address real-world issues such as child abuse."

The $151,000 grant was awarded by the Governor's Office of Criminal Justice Planning and represents the first year of multi-year funding. The CATTA center at CSU Channel Islands is in partnership with Sonoma State University, which provides similar services for the 48 Northern California counties.

Family violence is one of the most critical public health issues of our time," says Diane Nissen, the Center's Director. "Ensuring that women and children are safe in their own homes is an important aspect of homeland security."

For more information, call Sonia Sandoval Edinger, Project Coordinator, (805) 383-6273.

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