U. of Central Oklahoma plans campus violence prevention project

The University of Central Oklahoma has joined with Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater for the Violence Prevention Project, a new, federally funded, campus-based program.

Prater will be part of a Community Education Response Team, which will include other partners including members of the Edmond and UCO police departments, members of the UCO staff and outside community partners.

"The program's overall goal is to effectively minimize incidents of violent relational crimes such as sexual assault, intimate partner violence or abuse and stalking on the UCO campus," said Kathryn Toahty, coordinator for UCO's Violence Prevention Project.

UCO's Violence Prevention Project is part of a flagship program funded by a $1 million grant recently provided by the U.S. Department of Justice and distributed to five Oklahoma universities, including UCO.

The project is conducted through UCO's Student Counseling Center and is anticipated to enhance the current security measures on campus.

The project will assist in training UCO staff, faculty and students on how to recognize signs of violence and how to get assistance.