Deer Valley, AZ – The Governor’s Office recently awarded the city of Phoenix Human Services Department a more than $122,000 grant to enhance its Phoenix Teen Violence Prevention (PTVP) program.

The Juvenile Accountability Block Grant will be used to provide domestic/dating violence education through community-based programs and in high schools.  The grant runs from Jan. 1 through Dec. 31 and will provide funds for the instruction of an evidence-based curriculum that is in line with common core standards.

“One of the most important things we can do to stop the cycle of domestic violence is to start with our young people,” said Councilwoman Thelda Williams.  “I recommended that staff apply for this grant because it will allow the city to super charge our Teen Violence Prevention program – taking it directly into Phoenix high schools.  This will accelerate our efforts to become a national leader in preventing domestic violence.”

The PTVP program supports the city’s “Roadmap to Excellence” which established short-, mid- and long-term goals to make the city of Phoenix a leader in preventing and addressing domestic violence.  Domestic and dating violence training in the community and in schools was noted as one of those goals.  The PTVP program will focus on cultural and skill-building behavior changes providing direct services and information in areas such as domestic and dating violence.  Reducing the antisocial behaviors that can lead to dating violence is critical.

The city will issue a Request for Proposal for the curriculum and instruction, which will begin with community-based programs in the spring and in high schools in the fall.

For more information about the Human Services Department, visit or call 602-262-6666.