Families of Virginia Tech shooting victims and survivors say funding can save lives on campus

WASHINGTON, DC, May 30, 2014 – Led by Virginia Congressman Frank Wolf (R-VA), with overwhelming bi-partisan support, the U.S. House of Representatives approved funding for three major programs that will help improve school and college safety, according to the VTV Family Outreach Foundation (VTV), a national non-profit campus safety organization. The House voted early Friday morning to extend funding for two programs for colleges and universities. The National Center for Campus Public Safety will receive $2 million, and grant funding to reduce crimes against women on campus will increase to $12.5 million in the 2015 fiscal year. An additional $75 million was approved to continue a comprehensive school safety initiative at the K-12 level.

“Tragedies occur too often at our nation’s schools and colleges,” said Alan Davis, VTV’s executive director. “We thank Congressman Frank Wolf, the sponsor of these measures, and his bi-partisan colleagues for supporting efforts to give schools and colleges the resources they need to better address these challenges.”

The National Center for Campus Public Safety is a new resource that provides training, research and best practices for multidisciplinary campus safety professionals across the country. The campus grants program empowers colleges and universities to implement programs designed to better prevent and respond to sexual violence. The comprehensive school safety initiative is currently in its first year of development by the U.S. Department of Justice and will empower K-12 institutions to implement innovative solutions to their safety challenges.

“This is the strongest, most consistent support we’ve ever seen from Congress,” said S. Daniel Carter, the Director of VTV’s 32 National Campus Safety Initiative (32 NCSI). “It’s encouraging to see the progress and the effort to make our colleges safer and more secure.”

About The VTV Family Outreach Foundation
The VTV Family Outreach Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization established by the families and survivors directly impacted by the April 16, 2007 tragedy at Virginia Tech. Determined to prevent a similar tragedy, the Foundation advocates for K-12 and higher-education campus safety and security. VTV’s signature program called 32 National Campus Safety Initiative will provide tools to assess college and university safety based on objective standards designed by a multidisciplinary panel of national experts. Learn more at www.vtvfamilyfoundation.org and www.32ncsi.org.