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Children Who Witness Violence

Children Who Witness Violence
310 W. Lakeside Rd., Suite #300 
Cleveland, Ohio 44113

(216) 623-6888

(216) 443-6571 fax

Mission Statement: To establish a system of service, training, community awareness and evaluation to prevent or minimize the cognitive, social and emotional impairment of children who witness violence.

Children Who Witness Violence This program provides crisis and short-term services to children and families impacted by violence. Implemented as a pilot project in 1999 in the cities of Lakewood, Euclid, Maple Heights and the First and Fourth police districts of Cleveland, the project coordinates a Crisis Response Team providing a comprehensive assessment of children exposed to violence, followed by coordination of trauma and support services. In addition, training professionals who encounter children who witness violence, a community awareness campaign and a process and outcome evaluation are included in the initiative. Over 150 individuals participate in the Advisory Committee and workgroups of the program. Funding for the initiative is provided by the Board of Cuyahoga County Commissioners, The Cleveland Foundation, The Ohio Attorney General, the Byrne Memorial Fund, Violence Against Women Act, the Cuyahoga County Community Mental Health Board and The Office of Criminal Justice Services and Medicaid.