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    Mid-Year Funding

    During a news conference Wednesday announcing COMBAT has awarded nearly $1.5 million in mid-year funding, perhaps the most poignant statement came from a television news camera operator: "These dollars save lives." The Jackson County Legislature approved the $1,475,870 in funding Monday, with the life-saving dollars going to support programs focusing on two crucial anti-violence issues: domestic violence and youth employment. "We've had police telling us about 50% of the calls they were getting last year were domestic violence-related," COMBAT Director Vince Ortega said. "And youth employment—the lack of opportunities—has been an issue for years." » MORE

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    One Survivor's Story

    Since the end of 2016, there have been more than 2,000 non-fatal shootings in Jackson County. This is the story of one survivor as she deals with the "harsh realities" of trying to make a full recovery. "I don't know what I felt," says Lisa, who miraculously suffered no critical injuries despite being shot in the abdomen. "A lot was running through my mind—mostly my family. You just don't know at that moment if you're going to be OK." Given all the damage done to her home during the same incident that left with her a bullet wound, Lisa is still dealing with considerable anxiety as she tries to approach life one dayand one breathat a time. » MORE

Community Backed Anti-Drug Anti-Crime Anti-Violence Tax
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    Project RISE

    Project RISE, a COMBAT-funded program at Truman Medical Center/University Health, focuses on helping gunshot wound survivors make a full recovery, with emphasis on "psychological first aid" and, if needed, long-term care for Post Trauma Stress Disorder. » MORE
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    Caring For Crime Survivors

    This program not only provides referrals to counseling to help survivors deal with emotional issues, but can also facilitate repairs to homes or vehicles damaged during a crime. Doors with bullet holes might even be transformed into artwork. » MORE
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    Victim Advocates

    Combined, Doris Cannon and Marilyn Layton have more than a half-century of experience as Victim Advocates in the Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office. For both being an Advocate is more than just a job; it’s their calling. » MORE
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    Anonymous TIps

    Tips can not only solve crimes but also save lives. Don’t let a violent criminal hurt—or kill—someone else. Prevent another person from overdosing because somebody is dealing drugs in your neighborhood. The next person to die might be someone you know. » MORE
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Nearly 90 Programs Being Funded In 2021

» Violence Prevention Programs

• Bullying/Cyber Bullying (14 Programs)• Child Abuse (3 Programs)
• Counseling Services (5 Programs)• Diversion Programs (4 Programs)
• Domestic Violence (9 Programs)• Ex-Offender / Reentry (5 Programs)
• Gang Violence (7 Programs)
• Legal Services (1 Program)
• Parenting (14 Programs)• School Attendance/Truancy
   (10 Programs)
• Sexual Assault (1 Program)• STRIVIN' (7 Programs)
• Suicide Prevention (8 Programs)• Teen-Dating Violence (8 Programs)
• Victim Support (7 Programs)
• Youth-Orient (22 Programs)

» Substance Abuse Prevention Programs

» Substance Use Disorder Treatment Programs

• Drug Counseling
• Intensive Outpatient
• Partial Hospitalization
• Recovery Houses
• Residential Inpatient

» Law Enforcement School-Based Programs

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STRIVING Together To Reduce Violence In Neighborhoods

Initiative Focuses On Need For Joint Effort To Reduce Violence In Neighborhoods

This COMBAT initiative brings together school administrators, police officers, elected officials, mental health professionals, social workers, faith-based leaders and concerned citizens to address violence in Jackson County’s most vulnerable neighborhoods. 

With a focus on developing a collaborative, comprehensive and coordinated plan in each “hot spot,” STRIVIN’ recognizes that no one individual or single agency can “save a neighborhood.” It takes working together—striving together—to make any neighborhood a safe place to call home.