$25,000 Verizon Grant Increases Domestic Violence Awareness Efforts to Keep Students and Faculty Safe at the University of Maryland

The University of Maryland, Baltimore County is taking steps to heighten awareness on campus and better educate and train students and faculty, thanks to a $25,000 grant from the Verizon Foundation and Verizon Wireless’ HopeLineprogram. The funding will support UMBC’s Violence Prevention Advocates Program, which educates and trains students, faculty and staff on relationship violence prevention.

"UMBC will use this grant from Verizon to involve our entire community in reducing violence through education about relationship and dating violence, peer and bystander programs, and dissemination of information about resources and help," said Nancy Young, UMBC vice president for student affairs. 

Verizon Wireless teamed up with the Verizon Foundation November 3 at the University of Maryland Baltimore County to announce a $25,000 grant to  support the school’s Violence Prevention Advocates Program.  The announcement was held during a kick off of the award winning Red Flag Campaign Campaign designed to curb incidents of dating violence among college students. 


More than 150 students and University officials listened as SGA president Yasmin Karimian shared the importance of recognizing the relationship red flags and recounted the tragic death of her friend, Yearley Love who was killed earlier this year by the UVA student’s boyfriend. 


UMBC President Freeman Hrabowski urged students to take responsibility in their relationships by recognizing unacceptable behavior and taking action. Other officials attending the event asked students to step up and report incidences of dating violence to authorities and to help friends seek assistance available through campus resources. 


To date, this year, the Red Flag Campaign has been rolled out on 82 campuses throughout WBV.  HopeLine phone collection efforts have accompanied several of the Red Flag launches throughout the region in Maryland, DC, and Virginia.