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May 25, 2011
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Senior Program Specialist at Futures Without Violence Is One of 16 Leaders Chosen for New NoVo Foundation Initiative to Help End Violence Against Women and Girls

Initiative Is Part of 10-Year, $80 Million Strategy

Boston, MA –Leiana Kinnicutt, Senior Program Specialist at Futures Without Violence, formerly Family Violence Prevention Fund, will join the NoVo Foundation in launching a  new initiative to strengthen the movement to end violence against women and girls in the United States. The Foundation named Kinnicutt as one of 16 “visionaries” who will pilot the first phase of its 10-year Move to End Violence initiative.

The NoVo Foundation has committed $80 million to the groundbreaking initiative, which will work with more than 100 individuals and organizations in the course of five two-year cycles. The initiative’s goal: to establish a powerful infrastructure of sophisticated leaders and organizations to lead the effort to end violence against women and girls.

During her two-year experience, Kinnicutt and the other grantees in her cohort will engage in movement building work, transformative leadership development, social change skills trainings, and organizational development. Each grantee’s organization will receive a significant grant from the NoVo Foundation.  

The progress and experiences of the Move to End Violence cohort will be chronicled at On The Move, a blog that also will offer commentary from leaders and practitioners in the broader women’s empowerment movement.  In addition, Move to End Violence will create online communities through its Facebook page and its Twitter account @MoveEndViolence.

“Thanks to the tireless work of countless activists, we have made progress towards ending violence against girls and women, a serious impediment to girls and women reaching their true potential,” said Jennifer Buffett, President and Co-Chair of the NoVo Foundation. “And yet, staggering rates of violence remain. Powerful, systemic forces persist and perpetuate it. Only a bold response will truly transform society.”

Jackie Payne, a consultant to NoVo and the director of the initiative, observed that “for too long, this movement has lacked the funding necessary to commit sufficient time and energy to addressing root causes. Because of NoVo’s extraordinary commitment, Move to End Violence will fill that void by strategically investing in the movement’s capacity to end violence against girls and women.”

“I’m thrilled to have this wonderful opportunity to participate in this groundbreaking initiative,” said Kinnicutt, who has worked for Futures Without Violence for seven years. “I look forward to working with the NoVo Foundation and my fellow Move to End Violence cohort members as we work to help end violence against women and girls. There is still so much to be done to address the root causes of violence, help stop the cycle of violence and teach the next generation that violence is never the answer. This investment is a huge step forward.”

On average in the United States, four to five women a day are murdered by their husbands or boyfriends; in the course of a year, women experience two million injuries from intimate partner violence. More than 15 million U.S. children live in families in which partner violence occurred at least once in the past year, and seven million children live in families in which severe partner violence occurred. 

At Futures Without Violence, Kinnicutt is a national technical assistance provider for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services‘ Expanding Services for Children and Youth program and the U.S. Department of Justice’s Engaging Men program.  She has also provided technical assistance on issues relating to the overlap of domestic violence and child abuse for various federal initiatives such as Greenbook, Family to Family, and Safe Havens.  Kinnicutt has helped develop and implement public education initiatives including Futures Without Violence’s Coaching Boys into Men and It’s Your Business campaigns. She has worked as a crises line counselor for LGBT survivors of violence in San Francisco, CA, and served as an AmeriCorps domestic violence legal advocate in Honolulu, HI. 

Kinnicutt has a master’s degree in clinical social work from Simmons College, with a focus on child and adolescent trauma, and a bachelor’s degree in sociology and english from Bowdoin College. Kinnicutt and the other 15 grantees were selected from a pool of more than 140 applicants. For a complete list of all the members of the cohort, click here

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Everyone has the right to live free of violence. Futures Without Violence, formerly Family Violence Prevention Fund, works to prevent and end violence against women and children around the world. More information is available at www.futureswithoutviolence.org/

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