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UNI’s Center for Violence Prevention Aims to Decrease Gender Violence on Iowa’s Three State University Campuses

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa Jan. 28, 2011 University of Northern Iowa Regents Iowa

One of the core missions of the center is to create a regional dissemination site to share research, services and violence prevention education. Verizon’s grant will support the center’s Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP) Leadership Institute for Violence. The program will focus on infusing violence prevention strategies into the curriculum, including the teacher education program at UNI.

Annette Lynch

The MVP program is a gender violence, bullying and school violence approach that encourages young men and women from all socioeconomic, racial and ethnic backgrounds to take on leadership roles in their schools and communities.

University of Northern Iowa Seamus Hyland

Verizon Wireless has supported domestic violence awareness and prevention efforts over the last decade through the company’s award-winning HopeLine® phone recycling program. Through HopeLine, Verizon Wireless collects no-longer-used wireless phones, batteries and accessories, in any condition, from any wireless service provider. Phones that can be refurbished are sold for reuse and those without value are disposed of in an environmentally sound way. All proceeds benefit non-profit shelters and organizations that focus on domestic violence awareness and prevention. Since 2005, Iowans have donated more than 75,000 phones to HopeLine and since the program began more than 7 million phones have been recycled or refurbished.

$700,000 $115,000 Sioux City, Iowa $15,000

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