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ROCKDALE COUNTY, Ga. -- The Rockdale County Government was recently selected as a sample community for the Department of Justice's Domestic Violence Homicide Prevention grant.

According to the county, this grant will fund a complete assessment of everything concerning family violence.

The grant awarded 12 counties in the United States with between $100,658 and $200,000 to compile research about community domestic violence programs, incidence demographics, data and systems of protocol concerning domestic violence homicides.

Rockdale County was the only county in Georgia to be awarded this grant. Other awardees include counties like: Miami-Dade, Boston, Palm Beach County, Brooklyn, Westchester County in New York and Rutland County in Vermont.

According to State Court Judge Nancy Bills, after the first year, if the project produces effective strategies and models, the county will be eligible for additional funding for an "implementation phase."

"This grant is evidence of the forward thinking, collaboration and hard work the Task Force has been providing citizens for the last five years," Judge Bills said.

Information about theRockdale Task Force Against Family Violencecan be found online.

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