Health officials allocate $300,000 to reduce violence

Public Health Madison and Dane County is awarding $300,000 to five agencies and community-based organizations that work to reduce violence, according to a Wisconsin State Journal report. Programs receiving awards include one to provide Bluetooth panic buttons on phones of victims of violent crime who remain at risk, and initiatives to serve youth aging out of foster care or leaving incarceration. The grants will also build capacity to aid with housing, food, and emergency needs; to build connections for victims of sexual violence; and counseling for youth preparing for employment.