URI and Justice Assistance, Inc. form partnership
KINGSTON, R.I. -- January 27, 2000 -- A new partnership teaming up the
University of Rhode Island and a statewide human service provider should
create justice for all involved.
URI and the non-profit agency Justice Assistance, Inc., located in Cranston,
have joined together to provide services for citizens passing through the
justice system and their reintegration into society.
The new partnership will benefit everyone. URI students will receive
hands-on, real life experience, and Justice Assistance, Inc. will receive
support in administering their services.
The Domestic Violence Act states that any person who pleads guilty or
is found guilty of domestic violence must attend 26 weeks of classes. The
classes, administered by Justice Assistance, Inc., deal with such topics
as the origins of and the economic impact of domestic violence. Teachers
of the class have 100 hours of training.
Through this new partnership, the Family Violence Intervention program
will train URI psychology students. Upon finishing the program, students
will have fulfilled the training requirement and can be hired to teach the
Dr. Charles Collyer, chair of the URI Department of Psychology, sees
this new partnership as a wonderful opportunity for students to receive
The classes on domestic violence are now taught in the Washington County
area, but plans are being developed to move the classes to URI's Multicultural
Center, so that the University will be fully integrated into the program.
Students are not the only members of the URI community to benefit from
this partnership. The College of Psychology faculty members as well as other
University faculty will be able to collaborate on research projects, studies,
and have the opportunity to share information with Justice Assistance, Inc.
"We are all very, very excited about this new partnership. I think
it's going to work out great for all involved, because everyone benefits
from it. It is great for us to have a connection like this to the University
of Rhode Island," said Jonathan Houston, Executive Director of Justice
The partnership will be put into effect in late May, but students will
not begin their involvement until the fall of 2000.
For More Information: Jan Sawyer, 401-874-2116