U.S. House approves funding for family violence initiative

A local program that helps support children who witness family violence would get a $250,000 boost from a bill that passed the U.S. House of Representatives Nov. 9.

U.S. Rep Martin Sabo got the money for the Lyndale-neighborhood-based Tubman Family Alliance as part of the 2006 Science, State, Justice and Commerce Appropriation bill, according to a news release from Sabo’s office.

According to the release:

The money would support the Minnesota Child Response Initiative (MCRI), a partnership including city police, the Minneapolis Public Schools, the University of Minnesota and other service organizations.

Police supervisors bring child advocates and MCRI clinicians to the scene of family violence, providing intervention, stabilization and other help. An initial program assessment suggests families receiving help have one-third fewer subsequent police reports than families who do not receive services.

The U.S. Senate still needs to approve the bill.

The bill also includes:

– $200,000 for the Minneapolis Community and Technical College’s Institute for Computer Security and Forensics, to develop training materials and provide technical assistance for law enforcement and other criminal justice personnel to prevent and detect cyber crimes.

– $500,000 for the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Department to buy a handheld digital device that deputies can use in the field for on-the-spot fingerprint matches to a national database.