Shelby County gets $2M to stop violence against children - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Shelby County gets $2M to stop violence against children

One of the images designed to changed attitudes about violence against children. (Source: WMC Action News 5) One of the images designed to changed attitudes about violence against children. (Source: WMC Action News 5)
MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

With a $2 million budget, a new program hopes to help keep children from being exposed to violence.

The Defending Childhood Initiative is hoping to make violence an oddity instead of a normalcy in our communities.

The group will be doing research into the problem in an effort to find ways to prevent violence against children.

"As we look around and see how violence is really disrupting the lives and development of our children, it is imperative that we get to work doing the things that we need to do," Center for Health in Justice Involved Youth's Altha Stewart said.

It's work that will take at least a period of three years. Defending Childhood Initiative has a $2 million grant it hopes will help drastically reduce violence.

"I think very strongly that we have to invest resources when it comes to fighting crime and protecting our children at that very vulnerable and very formative age," Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell said.

The group will also use the money to put up images designed to change attitudes that condone violence.

With her experience and passion for empowering youth and families, Dr. Altha Stewart said this campaign isn't a quick fix, but it does provides a sustainable framework for a lasting impact.

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