According to a recently published Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius web site press release, the state of Kansas has officially received a generous $400,000 grant from the United States Department of Justice’s Office on Violence Against Women.
The grant will go to “The Safe Havens: Supervised Visitation and Safe Exchange Grant Program. This program promotes efforts to create and enhance services that allow supervised visitation and safe exchange of children who are involved in domestic violence, dating violence, child abuse, sexual assault, or stalking cases.
Governor Kathleen Sebelius said of the generous grant, “Children are still vulnerable to family violence even after separation from abusive situations. This grant funding will allow us to ensure the safety of children during parental visits by providing increased supervision.”
When visitations are fully supervised, it helps reduce the anxiety of the children. Generally children can become scared or afraid that they will be hurt or feel threatened during parental visits, especially if there is a family history of domestic problems.
Additionally, it will help reduce the risk of children being physically abused or even abducted during visitations. It can also reduce the risk of verbal or emotional abuse to the children involved in the issue.
Problems that occur during visitations or child exchanges aren’t unheard of, especially when a family has a history of domestic violence or other problems. The state is seeing that the need for reducing issues is a definite must.
Kansas Attorney General Paul Morrison said about Domestic abuse and family problems, “Domestic violence is its own kind of child abuse. It destroys families, harms kids and damages our communities. This grant will help minimize the stress and enhance the safety of children confronted with domestic abuse.”
At the moment, Governor Sebelius’ office has partnered with the Kansas Network of Visitation Providers, Kansas Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence, Kansas Office of Judicial Administration and Kansas Attorney General’s Office to administer the grant.
All of these partners are working together to develop and conduct what they are calling “needs assessment.” This will update the state child exchange and visitation guidelines. It will also provide skill training to visitation and safe exchange providers and expand programs all over the state of Kansas.
More information and new updates about the grant and The Safe Havens: Supervised Visitation and Safe Exchange Grant Program will be available at the Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius web site at the following link in the form of an official press release: governor.ks.gov.
KS.gov. “Kansas Receives Grant for Supervised Visitation Program.” www.governor.ks.gov/news/NewsRelease/2007/nr-07-0920a.htm