ChangeMakers inspiring worldwide CHANGE!

From the 1/24/07 Times Union (Albany, NY) . The direct link to the competition is:

http://www.changemakers.net/en-us/competition/endabuse

An unprecedented competition is under way to find innovative solutions to domestic violence that plagues families and communities in this country and globally.

"No Private Matter! Ending Abuse in Intimate and Family Relations" is sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Dozens of violence prevention programs — based in the United States and around the world — are expected to propose novel approaches to help eliminate intimate partner and family violence.

The competition runs through March 28 at http://www.changemakers.net. In addition to connecting promising solutions with key decision makers and health and social services providers, the contest also creates an opportunity for peers to learn about and refine the strategies developed by their colleagues.

Judges will choose 12 finalists who are heading innovative and effective prevention programs. All will be given opportunities to showcase their efforts. Three of the 12 will receive cash prizes of $5,000.

The U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics reports more than 625,000 nonfatal intimate partner incidents in the United States in 2004, and the majority of victims were females.

Carol DeMare can be reached at 454-5431 or by e-mail at cdemare@timesunion.com.

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